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Post Mortem: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Jeanne-Claude and Christo

Jeanne-Claude, the wife and collaborator of the artist Christo, has died at 74. She was a vibrant figure in the art world, and not just because of her hair, which was the color of a fire engine crossed with a pumpkin. I particularly enjoyed working on this obituary because I...

By Matt Schudel  |  November 20, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jack Miller, 'the perfect lawyer'

In 1961, Herbert J. "Jack" Miller Jr. received a call from Robert F. Kennedy, the new attorney general, asking if he would accept the job of running the Justice Department's criminal division. Miller, a Republican, could only blurt out, "Who, me?" Miller, who died Nov. 14 at age 85, carried...

By Matt Schudel  |  November 19, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Those of us who are healthy forget the toll that AIDS and HIV has taken on young people the world over. Edward Zold, who was diagnosed with the illness himself, didn't forget and was one of the ones responsible for getting drugs and treatment for fellow sufferers. Eddie...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 19, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. The pickings are a bit slim this morning, but I'd advise you take a look at the amazing life of Medal of Honor winner Lewis Millett; it's not the ordinary hero story you'll read elsewhere. The man described as the power behind the oldest open-air swimming club in...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 18, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Retailer Sy Syms Dies

Sy Syms, 83, the discount clothing retailer who told television viewers for 35 years that "an educated consumer is our best customer," died today of heart disease in New York City. According to a press release, Mr. Syms founded his business in New York's financial district in 1959, and was...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 17, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Get the Bad News Over With

T. Rees Shapiro, an obit desk and Post Mortem contributor, writes: British novelist Jon Canter had some interesting observations on the London Guardian Web site the other day about "bad news." He wrote: "The fact is, death - currently, of British soldiers in Afganistan - is the top news story...

By Adam Bernstein  |  November 17, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Some called Charlie Barber "Mayor of the Falls Road Corridor." Others called him the luckiest man in the world. He fell asleep on a park bench and wound up in a family's home, where he had a roof and dinner while living the life of the homeless. Here's...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 17, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Woodward (by Bernstein)

British actor Edward Woodward died today, and I felt too great an urge to see how many eagle-eyed readers might notice the implied Woodward-Bernstein joke, given by surname. More than that, Woodward, who was 79, enjoyed a varied and successful career. In addition to his best-known role, that of the...

By Adam Bernstein  |  November 16, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, fellow latecomers. Nothing wrong with being late to the party, just so you turn up. My Mondays are catch-up days so let's get to it. Joe Brennan was one of those guys everybody liked. He was also a man who survived a lot of misadventures, from falling into...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 16, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The men who jump into fire

Smokejumpers are legendary in the American West, and a man who was present at two of the most important moments in smokejumpers' history died last week. Earl Cooley was the second man to leap from an airplane and parachute into a burning forest in the U.S., with the task of...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 15, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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