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The Daily Goodbye ... Resuscitated

Our stalwart Daily Goodbye-r, Patricia Sullivan, has been snatched away from obituaries for a time -- her technological skills were in demand elsewhere at the Post. We're finally picking up where she left off to bid a daily farewell to the world's most colorful characters.

Richard Zimmerman, better known as Dugout Dick, certainly qualifies! The fierceley independent 94-year-old, who died Wednesday, refused life's conveniences, choosing instead to live in a maze of caves he excavated in the banks of Idaho's rugged Salmon River. He was the last surviving members of a group of river-dwelling eccentrics whose stories were told in the 1994 book "Idaho's Loners."

When a friend tried to move Dugout into a retirement home last year, he escaped home to his grotto. Reporter-types were fascinated by him, and he was featured in National Geographic -- but refused repeated invitations to appear on the Tonight Show.

"I ride Greyhounds, not airplanes," he told the Idaho Statesman newspaper in 1993.

The world also lost Franklin Mieuli, quite possibly the only NBA owner to sport a deerstalker cap on the sidelines. The former Golden State Warriors owner, who managed to keep his team competitive even though his pockets weren't nearly as deep as other NBA owners, died Sunday in San Francisco at age 89.

Industrial psychologist and former Rice University professor Wesley Du Charme died April 15, but as the Denver Post put it, "he said he'd be back." Du Charme had his head frozen by a Scottsdale, Ariz., company, with the idea that they will reanimate him years from now when nanotechnology allows.

"Not only is 'old' a state of mind," Du Charme once said, "so is 'dead.' "

By Emma Brown  |  April 27, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Franklin Mieuli died, Franklin Mieuli obituary, We, dugout dick died, dugout dick obituary, richard zimmerman died  
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