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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

M.O. Perry, one of the surgeons who operated on a dying President John F. Kennedy, has himself died in Texas. He lived to regret an offhand comment that fueled conspiracy theorists for decades. Of whether the bullet hole, which he used to perform a tracheotomy, was an entrance or an exit wound, he replied, "It could have been either." He later said he thought it was an exit wound.

Public housing wasn't always a nightmare of crime, broken utilities and dismal surroundings. Jimmy Fuerst, who died Dec. 3, was a player in the early years of the Chicago Housing Authority, when it was a savior of the working poor. "Public housing was conceived as the centerpiece of wider programs of welfare, health, education, recreation," Mr. Fuerst said in 1999. He wrote "When Public Housing Was Paradise," published in 2005.

Another worker in the built environment, architect Malcolm Wells said "I woke up one day to the fact that the earth's surface was made for living plants, not industrial plants." He began burying his buildings and adding planted roofs and thermal wells to heat and cool buildings. It took 40 years, but the construction industry is now catching up to him.

I really hate linking to the obit of former Luftwaffe ace pilot, but Gunther Rall's life started to get interesting when he was shot down, told he wouldn't walk again, but recovered to return to World War II. He later helped create the modern German air force.

This one's a little late, by U.S. standards, but it feels like an antidote to the previous one. Antonia Hunt, who died Oct. 3, was a tireless advocate of refugees and victims of torture. She co-founded the human rights group Charter 87.

Kind of a quiet morning for interesting obits, so odds are that there's a major obit to come. We'll be here in case there is.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 8, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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Ms. Sullivan, in your first sentence, you wrote:
"Of whether the bullet hole, which he used to perform a tracheotomy, was an entrance or an exit wound, he replied, "It could have been either."
Where did you get that? It is a lie, a deliberate distortion. These are Dr. Perry's OPPOSITE, actual, initial comments to the press:
NOVEMBER 22, 1963
2:16 P.M. CST
Where was the entrance wound?
There was an entrance wound in the neck. As regards the one on the head, I cannot say.
Which way was the bullet coming on the neck wound? At him?
It appeared to be coming at him. ...
Doctor, describe the entrance wound. You think from the front in the throat?
The wound appeared to be an entrance wound in the front of the throat; yes, that is correct. The exit wound, I don’t know...
The head wound could have been either the exit wound from the neck or it could have been a tangential wound,..."

More here, from the chied military researcher at the ARRB:

Posted by: TopTenPercentOwn70PercentOfUSassets | December 10, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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