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

Recalling a Legless Daredevil

Tom Hawthorn, who writes from Victoria, B.C, discovers an obituary leading him to a forgotten character: Howard Kessler, who died earlier this year, was a reporter in Oregon and California. He gave up the trade soon after the failure of his Mill City Log in an Oregon mill town. He...

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 12, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Athletes  
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Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen dies

Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, who starred with the old Los Angeles Rams and later became a broadcaster and actor, has died at age 69 in Los Angeles. He had mesothelioma, a form of cancer. Football fans will remember Olsen as one of the "Fearsome Foursome," the Rams' formidable...

By Matt Schudel  |  March 11, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Corey Haim, Star of "Lost Boys" Dies At 38

Corey Haim, 38, a teenage movie star during the 1980s who struggled with drug addiction as an adult was found dead in his apartment near Burbank, Calif. Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose. Mr. Haim was among a group of teenage actors who were seen to be the up and...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  March 10, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Movies  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. When you recognize Chicago's muscular skyline, you recognize Bruce Graham's work. Graham, who died Saturday, designed the Sears Tower and the Hancock Center, was the Daniel Burnham of his generation, said an architectural historian. Elliot Dlin, an upbeat and optimistic man who ran the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 9, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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Edgar Wayburn, behind-the-scenes conservationist, dies at 103

Edgar Wayburn, arguably the least-known, most-effective conservationist in America, died Friday at his home in San Francisco. He was 103. Dr. Wayburn was a full-time physician who is credited with protecting more wild spaces in America than any other citizen, an achievement that helped earn him the Presidential Medal of...

By Emma Brown  |  March 8, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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WW2 Renegades Saved Lives

One was codenamed Agent Rose, the other was dubbed Bordeaux's Choltitz. Andree Peel was a member of the French Resistance movement. She got her codename for being a saving grace to more than 100 British and American pilots shot down over France whom she helped flee the German occupied country....

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  March 8, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Taylor Shapiro , World War II  
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Legend of Meteorology Drifts Off

Joanne Simpson, earlier known as Joanne Malkus, had one of those lives that makes you go "Wow." Dr. Simpson, the first female meteorologist to earn a doctorate, developed the first scientific model of clouds, discovered what keeps hurricanes whirling forward, and revealed what drives the atmospheric currents in the tropics....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 8, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , Science , Washington DC-area people  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. How do you write an obit when the subject, once well-known, disappeared from public life for six decades? Margalit Fox opted for a bit of psychoanalyzing in her piece on Patricia Travers, a once-known child-prodigy violinist who stopped performing about 1951 and retreated to her family home. Edgar...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 8, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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Famous Last Words

Nice little multimedia quiz called "Famous Last Words" on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, dreamed up by graphics editor Tom Borgman. Can you guess the epitaph for the 15 celebrities? It's a fun quiz for Oscar night. No doubt you'll do better than I did, with a lousy score of...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 7, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Movies , Poll, survey  
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