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Post Mortem: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

NASA scientist Charles Schnetzler

Charles C. Schnetzler, who died Dec. 15, was a scientist at NASA's Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. As a longtime scientist for a federal agency, he wasn't known to the public at all, but he was held in the utmost respect by the remarkable team of scientists he worked...

By Matt Schudel  |  January 14, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Struggle of Teddy Pendergrass

The death of R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass sent us back to the archives, where we found this 1998 profile of the consummate sex symbol of the 1970s. In it, music critic Richard Harrington explores how a 1982 car crash left the smooth, sexy singer his voice, but broke his soul....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 14, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Musicians  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Teddy Pendergrass, he of the soulful ballads, died yesterday in Philadelphia. The fruit basket king of St. Louis, Jasper Giardina, has died. His market, "a pop fly from Busch Stadium," catered to people from all walks of life and he personally put together each one. Arlene Repenn just...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 14, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dennis Stock, Photographer of James Dean, Dies

Dennis Stock's best known picture of James Dean crossing New York's Times Square in the rain has been credited with defining 1950s cool and immortalizing the young actor who died shortly after the photograph was published in Life magazine. Many referred to the picture as "the boulevard of broken dreams."...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  January 13, 2010; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Movies  | Tags: Dennis Stock, James Dean  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, and spare a prayer for the victims of the Haitian earthquake. It's too coincidental, but Jan C. Gabriel, whose "Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!" ads for drag-strip racing live on in the memories of radio listeners, died Sunday in suburban Chicago. The Daddy-O of Spaghetti-Os, Donald Goerke, has died. In...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 13, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. If you haven't yet read the obits of Anne Frank's protector, Miep Gies, I'd advise doing so right now. She was one of the Dutch citizens who kept the Franks alive; she bicycled all over town to get them vegetables and meat, and saved Anne Frank's diary, in...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 12, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. James Kavanaugh, a former Catholic priest who wrote a best-seller calling for reform in his church, died Dec. 29 in a hospice in Kalamazoo, Mich. His 1967 "A Modern Priest Looks at His Outdated Church" was called "a personal cry of anguish that goes to the heart of...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 11, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Unclaimed bodies

We mentioned the problem with indigents in Illinois in the past; now National Public Radio has a story on unclaimed bodies at morgues all over the country as the economy worsened last year....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 10, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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