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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning. Space has been so tight in the print version of the Post that this blog has been scooping ourselves (and of course, the other papers) by days. Another good reason to read it here first.

If you've ever had the pleasure of attending a Second City production in Chicago, pause a bit in the lobby and take a look at the illustrations; Bill Utterback drew them. Utterback, a shy and humble guy who died last week, once told a friend who asked how he was "I hate exhibiting my work, and I don't like crowds of people, so I'm having a terrible day." (We'll pause while you think about that.)

Next time you get into a rant about the greediness of the medical-pharmaceutical complex, remember the now deceased Christian M. Hansen Jr., a pediatrician who spent most of his career traveling to impoverished countries to aid malnourished and sick children.

So many small countries in the world, as each Olympic opening parade demonstrates. Raymond Almeida, who died Jan. 30, was a lobbyist and advocate of Cape Verde, the island off the coast of Africa. He was also a key backer of the 1988 Africa Seeds of Hope Act, which paved the way for a $50 billion investment in the development of African countries, and led the charge to include Cape Verde in the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American Folklife in 1995.

One of the hundreds of thousands who died in the Haitian earthquake was a world-renowned taekwondo master, Tran Trieu Quan, a Vietnamese-born Canadian who was in Haiti on a World Bank contract to improve building standards to help buildings sustain earthquakes and hurricanes.

Why would a man escape from a World War II prison camp and sneak back in, and do it over and over again (reportedly more than 200 times?) Love, of course. Horace Greasley had the love jones for a German girl who kept her Jewish identity secret. She did not survive the war although he did, and wrote of their love affair decades later.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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