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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, lovers of autumn colors. And how do you like our blog's new look?

When was the last time you remember a poet getting in trouble with the law for poetry? Lenore Kandel could have told you about her book of love poetry banned as obscene and seized by police. She was one of the original Beats and Diggers who predated the hippies.

James Kennedy had a few dangerous jobs. During World War II, he and his colleagues, wearing cumbersome dive suits and heavy brass helmets, rid Cherbourg harbor of thousands of underwater mines left by German forces. In 1946, after reenlisting with the Army Air Forces, he was at Bikini Island photographing U.S. secret atomic-bomb tests. After all that, he opened a heating and plumbing company in Littleton, Colo. where he died Sunday.

Of course, just after posting yesterday, legendary journalist Jack Nelson died. He had been ailing for some time, so advancers were prepared; the Washington Post, the LA Times, the New York Times and the Associated Press all jumped online right away with obits. RIP to a fine reporter.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 22, 2009; 8:53 AM ET
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