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Patricia Sullivan

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 wanted to see the world so she and her identical twin sister became United Airlines flight attendants when they were 21. Twin flight attendants would cut back on the alcohol consumption at 10,000 feet, and United used the pair in its advertising, but the two rarely flew together. She died Jan. 5 at age 83.

We have a pair of interesting obits in the Washington Post today: Charles Schnetzler, an authority on the planetary sciences, and Dennis Stock, a Magnum agency photographer who caught Louis Armstrong back stage at a concert in his underwear, actor Marlon Brando relaxing in his Napoleon wardrobe on a movie set and actor James Dean looking into the camera while lying in a coffin, as if trying it on for size.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 14, 2010; 8:39 AM ET
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