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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

Howard Zinn, who wrote the best-selling "A People's History of the United States," died Wednesday in Santa Monica where he was to give a speech. A proudly left-wing historian, he called his book a response to traditional works which had mostly ignored the point of view of those who do not wield power. Quite a contrast to Louis Auchincloss, who died Tuesday, the chronicler of the upper crust.

Here's a video of Zinn talking about how he wants to be remembered, from

Andrew E. Lange, a Caltech physicist and co-leader of an international team that produced a detailed image of remnants of the Big Bang showing the universe is flat, died Friday in an apparent suicide.

The young girl who played Little Orphan Annie on the radio during the Depression has died. Shirley Bell Cole, who started the job when she was 10 years old, supported several families with her paycheck.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 28, 2010; 8:35 AM ET
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The Post shows its colors when it puts the death of J.D. Salinger on the front, but doesn't mention Howard Zinn anywhere. I think it's a typically elitist thing to do. Salinger's books were written decades ago, and he could never be bothered to interact with his reading community. Zinn, on the other hand, gave us information that we need in order to keep perspective about being governed, and he was lecturing 'til the verge of death.

Posted by: sbuck | January 28, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

sbuck, we recognize Howard Zinn's importance. We had an AP obit of him on the homepage from late last night until about 2 p.m. today. We will have a staff-written obit in tomorrow's paper and it will be posted on our site as soon as a copyeditor finishes going over it, probably in about 20 minutes.

Posted by: Patricia Sullivan | January 28, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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