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Don Engdahl, 77, was a journalist with a sense of adventure. After working for many years in the newsroom of the Santa Rosa California Press Democrat, Mr. Engdahl decided to get some fresh air. He hiked the 1,200 miles of the California coast in about four months and then wrote about his experiences on the trail.
"What did I learn?" He wrote in 1970, "One hell of a lot, I think ... our coast is more fragile than I had believed. Time is running out on our chances of keeping what is there now."

Edoardo Sanguineti, 79, was an Italian poet who liked to call him self "the last Marxist," and his admirers called him a "stubborn and intelligent critical conscience of our time, a craftsman of language
and formidable poet of provocation and play."

Harry Woodnorth's clients included Muhammed Ali, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hugh Hefner and Jay Leno.

The last name ought to be a hit for Mr. Woodnorth's profession, which was that of a globetrotting car salesman. Mr. Woodnorth, 87, would travel the world hunting down classic cars for his well endowed clients. Among the treasures he sought included John Dillinger's Hudson Terraplane, and the Ford V-8 getaway car driven by Baby Face Nelson.

He was an international car sleuth of the first class, his Chicago Sun Times obituary reports, for a particular reason: he did all of his hunting without the aid of the internet.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 19, 2010; 9:01 AM ET
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