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The Daily Goodbye

Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, all.

Nothing like a Nobel Prize winner, especially a recent one, to bring out the obit writers. Here are the usual suspects: the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Times of London, each unique in its own way.

Melodie Wilson had everything going for her, until she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, in addition to fighting the disease herself, she rallied others by founding After Breast Cancer Diagnosis to provide one-on-one support for others stricken by the disease. Seventeen years after her initial diagnosis, she died Monday.

Alexander Hoffmann, a lawyer who aided a generation of leaders on the political left in California, including Cesar Chavez, the Black Panthers' Huey Newton and comedian Lenny Bruce, died at his Oakland home Oct. 29 after a long illness. He was 81.

The last time most of us played darts was in a college or post-collegiate pub, while downing a schooner of suds. Glenn Remick took the game a bit more seriously; he made living from the game for 25 years.

In the northern Rockies town of Missoula, Montana, the International Wildlife Film Festival has for years featured an orgy of nature movies just at that time of year when everyone needs a burst of sunlight and open spaces. That's where I first saw Des Bartlett's stunning work "Flight of the Snow Geese," one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. He's gone now, but the work lives on; I recommend it.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 10, 2009; 8:14 AM ET
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