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Patricia Sullivan

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 albums.

A couple of Asian obits, both in the LA Times: Lee Hu-rak, former South Korean spy chief who brokered the signing of a historic 1972 peace document with North Korea after a secret trip to Pyongyang; and Qian Xuesen, a former Caltech rocket scientist who helped establish the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, then was deported in 1955 on suspicion of being a Communist. He became the father of China's space and missile programs.

Blossom where you're planted, an old saying goes, and after his French restaurant failed in working class Baltimore, Peter Michael Yagjian hit on a better idea: baby back ribs, fried onion loaves and bar food par excellence. Customers said that at his restaurant's peak, lines would form at its door on weekend nights.

George Lanakilakekiahiali'i Na'ope (did I spell that right?), authority on hula and a master Hawaiian chanter, died Oct. 26. He co-founded the world's most important hula competition, which you probably never knew about until now, did you?

A 103-year-old theater producer who created what Variety called "the largest network of theaters on the straw hat circuit," has died. John Kenley spent more than seven decades in the theater operating Ohio theaters.

Gavin Hodge, a celebrity hairdresser who became as well known for his skill with the ladies as with his scissors, died Oct. 22. He once claimed to have slept with 2,000 women but was unmarried at the time of his death.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 2, 2009; 8:08 AM ET
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