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Patricia Sullivan

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 a raging creek, to flying a plane during war, to an auto crash.... he received the last rites five times before the last one, just before his death last week.

A modern artist in the Hopi tradition, Michael Kaboti died in Flagstaff, Ariz. from complications related to the H1N1 influenza. Of his bold canvases, the quiet artist once said: "My paintings speak a lot louder than me."

Patriarch Pavle, head of the seven million member Serbian Orthodox Church who called for peace and conciliation during the Balkan ethnic wars of the 1990s but failed to openly condemn extreme Serb nationalism, died Sunday.

I don't suggest you try this line with your local traffic cop, but when Robin Darling was pulled over for speeding in his red Porsche, the police officer said he had been concerned that his car might not catch up with the Porsche. Mr. Darling replied: "Had I known that, I'd have gone a bit faster."

William Ganz saved the lives of millions of people by co-inventing the Swan-Ganz catheter for monitoring heart conditions. He was one of the first physicians to use clot-busting enzymes to open blocked arteries that cause heart attacks.

As you may have noticed, I'm a sucker for a good photo and there's a fine one with the obit of Tomaz Humar, the Slovenian mountaineer, who died attempting a solo ascent of a difficult new route in the Himalayas.

In other alpine news, Nordic skiing champ Nikolai Anikin died Sunday. A native of Siberia, he earned three Olympic medals at two Winter Games and later spent 27 years as Russia's national team instructor before coming to the United States in 1990 and settled in the cold but lovely town of Duluth, Minn.

It's getting easier to die green, the San Francisco Chronicle tells us, and we're not talking about envy here. A funeral fair in (where else?) Berkeley had products such as shrouds, a bronze scattering spoon to help distribute ashes and biodegradable coffins ("They're super comfy").


By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 16, 2009; 8:29 AM ET
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Patriarch Pavle "failed to openly condemn extreme Serb nationalism"!?

Why should he? Typical bias media notion that Serbian "nationalism" (in fact national liberation movement) is to be blamed for everything that happened in former Yugoslavia. I guess when Croatian archbishop Franjo Kuharic died in 2002., nobody in Washington Post wrote that he "failed to openly condemn extreme Croatian nationalism"...

Posted by: miconi2003 | November 18, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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