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Post Mortem: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Charlie Wilson: 'Hot Tub Heretic'

The Times of London gets all New York Post on the late Rep. Charlie Wilson. The headline for its obituary reads: "Death of 'Goodtime Charlie' Wilson, the hot tub heretic who played with history." Bravo....

By Adam Bernstein  |  February 12, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Frisbee inventor Fred Morrison dies at 90

The origins of the ubiquitous Frisbee, friend to picnicgoers and college kids everywhere, are shrouded in legend. But the disc's lineage can in fact be traced back to one man, Fred Morrison, who died Feb. 9 at his home in Monroe, Utah. He had been ill with lung cancer. Mr....

By Emma Brown  |  February 11, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen Found Dead

Good morning. We dress in wool and pile layers here in the Post newsroom, especially this week, but better attired readers may recognize the name of Alexander McQueen, a designer who was found dead today. Known for his dramatic statement pieces and impeccable tailoring, McQueen received recognition from Queen Elizabeth...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 11, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Former Rep. Charlie Wilson, 76, dies

Former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Texas), 76, who funneled lots of money in the 1980s to Afghanistan tribesman in the war against the Soviets, was reported to have died today of cardiopulmonary arrest at a hospital in Lufkin, Texas. Mr. Wilson worked with the late CIA agent Gust L. Avrakotos in...

By Emma Brown  |  February 10, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning from the midst of a blizzard. The "sweetheart of the 21st Cav," Marilyn J. Genz, died Jan. 30. She was a flight attendant who volunteered to fly with Vietnam-bound soldiers during the 1960s. "She had a special place in her heart for the young soldiers, the ones with...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 10, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Deadliest Catch' Captain Phil Harris dies at 53

Captain Phil Harris, one of the burly fishermen whose Alaskan crab-catching exploits were featured in the television reality show "Deadliest Catch," has died at 53. His boat, the Cornelia Marie, was in port at St. Paul, Alaska when he suffered a stroke on Jan. 29. He was flown to Anchorage...

By Emma Brown  |  February 10, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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British jazzman John Dankworth

Sir John Dankworth, 82, a British jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader who was married to the sensational singer Cleo Laine, died Feb. 6 in London. Mr. Dankworth may be best known in the United States for his work with his wife, but he was a formidable presence in...

By Matt Schudel  |  February 9, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Magid's Impact on TV News

Frank N. Magid, who died Friday, had a view of television news that differed dramatically from that of Walter Cronkite. But in the end, Cronkite acknowledged that it was Magid who had a greater impact on the medium, according to a former TV newsman who wrote a book on television...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 8, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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King of the Paparazzi

Felice Quinto died Jan. 17 at the age of 80. His name may not be familiar to many people, but try this word instead: paparazzi. Mr. Quinto, who spent the last 17 years of his life in the quiet Maryland suburb of Montgomery Village, was one of the orginal paparazzi...

By Matt Schudel  |  February 7, 2010; 4:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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