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Post Mortem: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Friday Daily Goodbye

Frances Kuyper, 92, was respectfully known as the "Cake Lady," and with good reason: she was fanatical for fondant, and bonkers for buttercream. In 1994, she opened a cake museum in a house in Pasadena and displayed about 150 cakes, including a few that were 65 years old and hardened...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 30, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: beer, cakes, cupcakes, fondant, trivia  
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The hardest hitters in football

A couple of days ago, when I was researching the life of Jack Tatum, the Oakland Raiders defensive back who was famous -- or notorious -- for his vicious tackles, I found an entertaining series of videos from NFL Films. It seems that Tatum was named the sixth-hardest hitting tackler...

By Matt Schudel  |  July 29, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Schudel  | Tags: hardy brown, jack tatum, toughest NFL players, twelve mighty orphans  
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Musicians Phillip Walker, Slim Bryant, die

Another dispatch from Terence McArdle, our resident musician: Los Angeles blues singer Phillip Walker, whose stinging guitar work influenced Robert Cray, died July 22 at 73 at his home in Palm Springs. The Associated Press gave his cause of death as heart failure. Mr. Walker's 1973 album, "The Bottom of...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 29, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Musicians , Terence McArdle  | Tags: Slim Bryant, blues, country, phillip walker  
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Theo Albrecht, Trader Joe's owner, dies

Update 11:30 am Thursday 7/29: The full obit has been posted. Theo Albrecht, one of Germany's richest people and the businessman who brought the Trader Joe's grocery chain to cities around America, died July 24 in Essen, Germany. He was 88. Famously reclusive and secretive -- their last photo appeared...

By Emma Brown  |  July 28, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Emma Brown  | Tags: albrecht brothers, aldi owner dies, karl albrecht, theo albrecht dies, trader joe's owner dies  
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Irishman Alexander "Hurricane" Higgins, 61, may have been a world champion snooker player, but he was best known as a world class hellion with an unquenchable appetite for women and drink. His bad boy reputation (he had a foul mouth and once headbutted a referee over a disputed call) ruffled...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 28, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Gordon Brown, billiards, facebook, pool, snooker, twitter  
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As a cartoonist, John Callahan, 59, drew panels that frequently drew criticism for their cynical perspective on the world. No critic, however, took exception to his scraggly handwriting. It was a wonder he could even use his hands at all after a car accident left him with a severed spine....

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 26, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: mafia, mob, strip club  
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