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Post Mortem: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

SRV RIP: The 20th Anniversary

Twenty years and a have passed since Blues guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash in East Troy, Wisc. Mr. Vaughan had just finished a concert with Eric Clapton at an outdoor theater when the copter crashed into a hill in dense fog. Including Mr. Vaughan, five...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  August 28, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Musicians , T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags: Eric Clapton, John Mayer, SRV, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughn  
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William Saxbe, 94, Attorney General Under Nixon, Dies

William Saxbe, 94, a tobacco-chewing, gun-toting Republican U.S. Senator from Ohio who became the fourth U.S. attorney general under President Nixon, and later called the commander-in-chief a liar who led "one of the most inept" administrations in history, died Aug. 24. In January 1974, Mr. Saxbe was sworn in as...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  August 25, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Politics , T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags: AT&T, attorney general, nixon, richard nixon, saturday night massacre, watergate, william saxbe  
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"Mad Piper" Bill Millin dies age 88; Inspired Many

When I heard that Bill Millin, a Scottish bagpiper who played morale-pumping tunes for his fellow commandos from the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, died Aug. 17 age 88, I felt compelled to write his obituary. You see, I love bagpipes. A lot. So much, in fact, that during college,...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  August 23, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , World War II  | Tags: Bikepiping, Bill Millin, D-Day, World War II  
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