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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for wisemanl.jpgGood morning and happy Monday.

With all the talk of swine flu and vaccines, I found the obituary on Ruth L. Kirschstein, 83, a pathologist who helped increase the safety of the polio and measles vaccines, timely and interesting. In addition to this work, Dr. Kirschstein was the first woman appointed as an NIH institute director and was one of the first to respond to the AIDS epidemic.

In more local news, former Congressman and director of the U.S. Mint, Jay W. Johnson (D-Wisc.), 66, died Saturday. The Washington resident also was a former television news anchor in Green Bay, Wisc., and later a coin consultant.

If you are into cars and toys you will appreciate the obituary on Donald Kaufman, who garnered a collection of more than 7,000 toy cars and trucks that he kept at his home in Pittsfield, Mass. His varied collection included vehicles of all kinds: taxicabs, ice trucks, dump trucks, fire engines, race cars and steam engines. Most of the cars actually worked.
Mr. Kaufman, who retired in 1981 as the as vice president of the KB Toys store chain, had just recently begun to auction his collection. Two auctions already have generated more than $7 million.

As football is always on my mind this time of year, the obituary on Cullen Bryant seems like a good one to point out. The former NFL running back was at the center of a legal case that tested the power of then-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to regulate free agency. He also was a member of the LA Rams 1980 Super Bowl team and in 13 seasons with the league, scored a total of 23 rushing and receiving touchdowns.

I hope this is enough to get you started for the day. Please check back later in the day for more updates.

By Lauren Wiseman  |  October 19, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
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