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Post Mortem: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Paul Bloom, Energy Department Lawyer

The Department of Energy was created in August 1977 by President Jimmy Carter, and Paul Bloom joined its staff as a special counsel in December of that year. He spent only three years as a lawyer for the department, but he had an outsized influence. Mr. Bloom, who died last...

By Matt Schudel  |  November 7, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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John Mashek and the President

John Mashek, a longtime political journalist, died earlier this week. He covered presidential campaigns and conventions spanning four decades and was a panelist on televised presidential and vice presidential debates. At a presidential debate in 1992, Mr. Mashek was best remembered for asking independent candidate H. Ross Perot about his...

By Adam Bernstein  |  November 6, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spotlight: Penny Marshall

Actress and director Penny Marshall, best known for her role as Laverne DeFazio on the 1970's hit TV show, "Laverne & Shirley," has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to the National Enquirer. Ms. Marshall, 66, underwent brain surgery at a New York Hospital on Oct. 30, after falling...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  November 5, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Two good obits from my old college town: Jean Marie Fellin had one of the most interesting nursing gigs imaginable -- she worked the racetrack in Milwaukee and for about 10 years worked at the Indianapolis 500. And Myron Gordon, the judge who presided over the case of...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 5, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Francisco Ayala, Critic of Franco, Dies

T. Rees Shapiro, a contributor the obit desk, just wrote the obituary for Francisco Ayala, one of Spain's most celebrated writers. Mr. Ayala died Nov. 3 at his home in Madrid at 103. Shapiro writes: Francisco Ayala was part of a generation of exiled Spanish writers, including Federico Garcia...

By Adam Bernstein  |  November 4, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. As readers of this blog know, but readers of the print newspaper do not, there were two major obits yesterday: French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss and Nien Cheng, who wrote "Life and Death in Shanghai" about her ordeal during the Cultural Revolution in China. All those athletes but hardly...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 4, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Author Nien Cheng Dies

The great historian and journalist Stanley Karnow once erroneously reported the death of Nien Cheng and her daughter, based on information from faulty sources in Hong Kong. She wasn't dead; she was in prison, held by Chinese Communists for six and half years. When she was released, she learned from...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 3, 2009; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Claude Levi-Strauss Dies

Claude Levi-Strauss, the French social anthropologist who influenced generations of intellectuals with his ideas on culture and said the human species would become extinct, has died. He was 100. For those of you for whom Levi-Strauss means denim, you should know he was one of the preeminent social anthropologists...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 3, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning! Venture capitalists played an outsized role in the Silicon Valley boom a decade ago and they're still out there, funding small businesses and coaxing new entrepreneurs along. Buddy Ruvelson was one of them, and perhaps one of the very first, according to this Minneapolis Star-Tribune story. Stealing Bryan...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 3, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wal-Mart Sells Caskets Online

Uber-cost-saving retailer Wal-Mart has started selling caskets on its website. Yes, you read correctly. Caskets and urns to be exact. It's actually not unheard of to sell caskets online. Wholesale retailer Costco also provides a similar service. But is it a little eerie that while shopping for, let's say, diapers,...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  November 2, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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All About Obits

Obit writers do mingle among the living from time to time. Perhaps it was someone's idea of a pre-Halloween joke, but I spoke last week at the private Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., to an audience of faculty members of students about the craft of writing obituaries. With lots of...

By Adam Bernstein  |  November 2, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning November, and all those who pass through it. Norton Buffalo, the harmonica maestro with the Steve Miller Band who appeared on recordings with Bonnie Raitt, Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, and many more, died over the weekend from cancer. Yes, you've heard him: he appeared on more than 180...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 2, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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