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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

Those of us who settle in on Superbowl Day to watch the commercials (the game? feh) have Guy Day to thank. He's one of the founders of the Chiat/Day advertising agency and is credited with turning the Super Bowl into an 'advertising showcase' with the landmark commercial introducing the Apple Macintosh computer. He died Saturday in Texas.

Seems to me that one of the advantages of the modern era is we don't have to dress up in the goofy costumes of the past. To each her own, but Bill Kepler apparently enjoyed donning the tall straw hat and scratchy fabrics as part of a Minnesota Living History project. He died Jan. 13.

Carl Nolte at the San Francisco Chronicle has a nice column about Joe the Barber, and by extension, all the Joes we think we know and really don't.

Rita Arditti died Dec. 25 after a lifetime of speaking out against injustices, whether in her native Argentina (where she wrote about the disappeared and the efforts of grandmothers to recover them), at Harvard University where she wrote a pamphlet about how the school treats women or about the link between synthetic chemicals and the increased incidence of breast cancer.

Pierre Trudeau's press secretary Jean Charpentier died early this month, a "man with the old-world manners and cool intellectual worldliness... He usually addressed a reporter using an honorific, never raised his voice and always looked stress-free, even though he usually got out of bed a little too late for his colleagues' liking."

Nothing like a good guitar shop and McCabes in Santa Monica, Calif. is one. Gerald McCabe, who had retired to Eugene, Ore., died Jan. 17; he was a custom furniture builder who began repairing his friends' instruments then opened a store. A free spirit, he also restored and sailed a tugboat, built a home in Santa Monica Canyon, taught design at area universities and art schools, became a yoga instructor and repaired Citroen automobiles.


By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 25, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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