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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

Roy E. Disney, who led a shareholder revolt that deposed the once-favored Michael Eisner, and the man credited with reviving Disney film studio's great animated features, died yesterday at age 79.

Way, way back in the 1930s and 1940s, just as Roy's uncle Walt Disney was getting his start, "girl" singers like the King Sisters were big. Yvonne Burch, the matriarch of one of the most popular and enduring dynasties in show business, died Sunday at age 89 in Sacramento.

It's a little unclear at the moment, but Indonesian police say they have killed the leader of Papua's separatist movement, Kelly Kwalik.

An environmentalist who took the health of the Jersey Shore (and other shorelines) seriously, Derickson W. Bennett died this week in Red Bank, N.J. He was one of the founders of the American Littoral Society and helped spawn the movement that championed the federal Clean Water Act.

There's a snarkiness that arises among hipsters at this time of year about Christmas sweaters worn by women of a certain age. I've always thought that attitude was a sign of the jokesters' immaturity and limited world view; why make fun of those who get enjoyment out of non-designer clothes? Debra Fath Harrison Nichols, a psychiatric nurse, dressed for the season and I'd wager that it cheered her patients as well.

Inga Haag, who died Dec. 10 in England, was one of the few linked to the 1944 plot to kill Hitler who survived, and her death ends one of the last personal links with an event and a group that has taken on a kind of mythological status in German history.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 17, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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Hello Patricia,

The fellow who designed America's 50-star flag recently died. Here is a obituary from Saginaw, MI:

I enjoy reading your entries to this blog. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: hysdav1d | December 17, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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