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Correcting Miss Manners

Birth, marriage and death are the three great transitions of life, and there are large questions of etiquette concerning all of them. Judith Martin, in her syndicated Miss Manners column, recently addressed the question of obituaries. (It's the third question in the March 9 column.) The questioner wanted to know...

By Matt Schudel  | March 10, 2011; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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John Strauss, TV and film composer

John Strauss, an Emmy and Grammy award-winning composer and music editor, has died of Parkinson's disease at 90. He's probably best known as the composer of the bouncy theme song of "Car 54, Where Are You?," a police comedy series from 1961-63. He also wrote the theme for "The Phil...

By Matt Schudel  | February 18, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Impressionist David Frye dies at 76

Not many young people remember David Frye these days, but in the late 1960s and early 1970s he was one of the country's top comedians -- and, without question, its finest political impressionist. He was particularly known for his dead-on impersonation of President Richard Nixon, whom he skewered mercilessly and...

By Matt Schudel  | January 29, 2011; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Comedian Charlie Callas dies

Charlie Callas, a rubber-faced funnyman who often appeared on television in the 1960s and 1970s, has died at 86 -- or 83. (His family says he was 83, but all reference sources say he was born in 1924, which would make him 86. Callas had an old-fashioned kind of humor...

By Matt Schudel  | January 28, 2011; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Author Reynolds Price dies at 77

Reynolds Price, a North Carolina novelist whose books about life in the South were revered by readers and critics alike, died Thursday, Jan. 20, in Durham, N.C. He was 77 and had a heart attack. Price was considered one of the great stylists of modern fiction, sometimes combining a mandarin...

By Matt Schudel  | January 20, 2011; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Don Kirshner, rock-and-roll impresario

Don Kirshner, a tireless rock-and-roll publisher, promoter and all-around impresario, died Jan. 17 in Florida at age 76. Kirshner first came to prominence in the 1950s as a songwriting partner and, later, manager of the multi-talented Bobby Darin, a buddy from the Bronx. Kirshner and a business partner owned a...

By Matt Schudel  | January 19, 2011; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Margaret Whiting, singer extraordinaire, Matt Schudel , January 14, 2011
Gerry Rafferty, 'Stuck in the Middle' songwriter, Matt Schudel , January 8, 2011
Cult rocker Captain Beefheart dies at 69, Matt Schudel , December 19, 2010
Busy obit day & memories of Bob Feller, Matt Schudel , December 17, 2010
Jazz great James Moody dies at 85, Matt Schudel , December 10, 2010
Cubs star Ron Santo dies at 70, Matt Schudel , December 3, 2010
Greening the nation's agricultural heartland, Matt Schudel , November 28, 2010
Henryk Gorecki, composer of 'Sorrowful Songs', Matt Schudel , November 13, 2010
The Wit and Wisdom of Sparky Anderson, Matt Schudel , November 5, 2010
Baseball Manager Sparky Anderson dies at 76, Matt Schudel , November 4, 2010
Google and Dizzy Gillespie, Matt Schudel , October 21, 2010
Lives of the Obscure, Matt Schudel , October 3, 2010
Newsman and language maven Edwin Newman dies, Matt Schudel , September 15, 2010
Herman Leonard, jazz photographer, Matt Schudel , August 19, 2010
Bobby Thomson, N.Y. Giants home-run hero, dies , Matt Schudel , August 17, 2010
Singer Abbey Lincoln dies at 80 , Matt Schudel , August 14, 2010
The hardest hitters in football, Matt Schudel , July 29, 2010
Last word on Steinbrenner, Matt Schudel , July 16, 2010
The little-known George Steinbrenner, Matt Schudel , July 14, 2010
Yankees' George Steinbrenner dies at 80, T. Rees Shapiro , July 13, 2010
The remarkable Mr. Horsley, Matt Schudel , July 11, 2010
So you want to live forever? , Matt Schudel , July 10, 2010
Michael Jackson, one year later, Matt Schudel , June 25, 2010
Manute Bol, NBA basketball player, dies at 47, Matt Schudel , June 19, 2010
Portuguese Nobel Winner Jose Saramago, Matt Schudel , June 18, 2010
More trouble at Arlington Cemetery, Matt Schudel , June 17, 2010
Joan Hinton, American in China, Matt Schudel , June 11, 2010
John Wooden, basketball coach, Matt Schudel , June 5, 2010
Gary Coleman dies at 42, Matt Schudel , May 28, 2010
In a League of Her Own, Matt Schudel , May 22, 2010
Pianist Hank Jones, Matt Schudel , May 18, 2010
Last of the movie organists; updated, Matt Schudel , May 14, 2010
Robin Roberts, baseball pitcher, Matt Schudel , May 6, 2010
Peter Cleland, National Cathedral mason, Emma Brown , May 2, 2010
Gene Lees, jazz writer, Matt Schudel , April 24, 2010
Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch, Matt Schudel , April 21, 2010
Management guru dies, Matt Schudel , April 17, 2010
Bizarre California obituary story, Matt Schudel , April 15, 2010
Sir Peter Ramsbotham, British ambassador, Matt Schudel , April 10, 2010
Secrets of a Soviet Ambassador, Matt Schudel , April 9, 2010
Tom Wisner, Bard of the Chesapeake, Matt Schudel , April 3, 2010
David Mills, TV writer, Matt Schudel , March 31, 2010
Va. Congressman Stanford E. Parris, Matt Schudel , March 27, 2010
Stewart Udall, environmental icon, dies at 90, Matt Schudel , March 20, 2010
Health Writer Looks at Death, Matt Schudel , March 20, 2010
Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen dies, Matt Schudel , March 11, 2010
Bachrach Photography, Matt Schudel , March 6, 2010
British jazzman John Dankworth, Matt Schudel , February 9, 2010
King of the Paparazzi, Matt Schudel , February 7, 2010
U-Md. athletic director Jim Kehoe, Matt Schudel , February 2, 2010
Historian Louis R. Harlan, Matt Schudel , January 29, 2010
Two Boston writers, Matt Schudel , January 20, 2010
Erich Segal, 'Love Story' author, Matt Schudel , January 19, 2010
Nureyev's broken zipper, Matt Schudel , January 17, 2010
NASA scientist Charles Schnetzler, Matt Schudel , January 14, 2010
'Ugly American' author dies, Matt Schudel , January 8, 2010
Was Kenneth Noland D.C.'s greatest painter?, Matt Schudel , January 7, 2010
Deborah Howell, 68, Matt Schudel , January 2, 2010
Deborah Howell, former Post ombudsman, Matt Schudel , January 2, 2010
Developer Robert H. Smith Dies, Patricia Sullivan , December 30, 2009
Oral Roberts, Matt Schudel , December 16, 2009
Thomas Hoving, Matt Schudel , December 12, 2009
Thomas Hoving, Matt Schudel , December 10, 2009
The Late James M. Cain, Matt Schudel , December 9, 2009
Tommy Henrich, Old Reliable, Matt Schudel , December 3, 2009
Charis Wilson, Model and Muse, Matt Schudel , November 25, 2009
Elisabeth Soderstrom, Matt Schudel , November 22, 2009
Jeanne-Claude and Christo, Matt Schudel , November 20, 2009
Jack Miller, 'the perfect lawyer', Matt Schudel , November 19, 2009
'America's greatest unknown writer', Matt Schudel , November 14, 2009
Paul Bloom, Energy Department Lawyer, Matt Schudel , November 7, 2009
Roy DeCarava, photographer in black and white, Matt Schudel , October 30, 2009
The antic world of Soupy Sales!, Matt Schudel , October 24, 2009
Scientist Mildred Cohn, 96, Matt Schudel , October 23, 2009
A Mass Murderer's Tale, Matt Schudel , October 21, 2009
The Obit You'll Never See, Matt Schudel , October 1, 2009
Alicia de Larrocha, pianist; updated, Matt Schudel , September 26, 2009
Willy Ronis's Views of Paris, Matt Schudel , September 23, 2009
Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, Matt Schudel , September 17, 2009
Frank Batten Sr.; created Weather Channel, Matt Schudel , September 10, 2009
John Jay Daly, PR Wizard, Matt Schudel , August 29, 2009
Ellie Greenwich, Songwriter, Matt Schudel , August 28, 2009
Dominick Dunne, 83; updated, Matt Schudel , August 26, 2009
Kenneth Bacon, 64, Matt Schudel , August 15, 2009
Les Paul Dies at 94; updated, Matt Schudel , August 13, 2009
King Corcoran, Matt Schudel , August 2, 2009
Bobby Robson & 'The Hand of a Rascal', Matt Schudel , August 2, 2009
Ombudsman's Look at Obits, Matt Schudel , August 1, 2009
George Russell, Matt Schudel , July 29, 2009
Yo Quiero Taco Bell, Matt Schudel , July 23, 2009
Walter Cronkite, Matt Schudel , July 18, 2009
Conductor's Assisted Suicide, Matt Schudel , July 17, 2009
Internet Obituary Hoax, Matt Schudel , July 15, 2009
Remarkable People, Despite the Odds, Matt Schudel , July 12, 2009
Only in Florida, Matt Schudel , July 8, 2009
Boxer Alexis Arguello, updated, Matt Schudel , July 2, 2009
Michael Jackson Obit, the Backstory, Matt Schudel , June 26, 2009
Magic Fingers, Matt Schudel , June 21, 2009
More on the Ventures, Matt Schudel , June 17, 2009
Bob Bogle of the Ventures, Matt Schudel , June 17, 2009
Preserving History, Matt Schudel , June 14, 2009
Weasel Words, Matt Schudel , June 7, 2009
Robert Wone Murder Case, Matt Schudel , June 2, 2009
'All in the Family' Writer, Matt Schudel , May 31, 2009
Ethnic Studies Pioneer, Matt Schudel , May 29, 2009
Three Views of an Architect, Matt Schudel , May 23, 2009
Lincoln's Biographer, Matt Schudel , May 21, 2009
Wayman Tisdale, Matt Schudel , May 17, 2009
Ted Sampley, Rabble Rouser, Matt Schudel , May 15, 2009
The Brothers DiMaggio, Matt Schudel , May 9, 2009
Dom DiMaggio, Brother of Joe, Matt Schudel , May 8, 2009
Dom DeLuise & Variety Shows, Matt Schudel , May 6, 2009
Fighting For His Life, Matt Schudel , May 2, 2009
Barbara Ringer's Untold Story, Matt Schudel , April 29, 2009
The Daily Goodbye, Matt Schudel , April 19, 2009
Death Stars?, Matt Schudel , April 18, 2009
How Much Can You Say About Marilyn Chambers?, Matt Schudel , April 16, 2009
Phillies Announcer Harry Kalas, Matt Schudel , April 13, 2009
California Dreamin', Matt Schudel , April 5, 2009
Tuskegee Airmen, Matt Schudel , March 28, 2009
The Daily Goodbye, Matt Schudel , March 21, 2009
Almost the Same Name, Plus Video Links , Matt Schudel , March 18, 2009
Karl Marx is dead, Matt Schudel , March 14, 2009
Pick Your Favorite Obits (updated), Matt Schudel , March 10, 2009
Fashion Foot(ball) Forward, Matt Schudel , March 7, 2009
Overseas Obit, Matt Schudel , March 6, 2009
Sex Lives of Astronauts, Matt Schudel , March 5, 2009
Socks the Cat, Matt Schudel , February 21, 2009
Sarah Booth Conroy -- Update, Matt Schudel , January 14, 2009
Harold and Eartha, Matt Schudel , December 26, 2008
One Nation Under God, Matt Schudel , December 2, 2008
A Pair of Lefthanders, Matt Schudel , November 12, 2008
Was Austrian Right Winger Gay?, Matt Schudel , October 24, 2008
Only in Washington, Matt Schudel , October 19, 2008
Pictures, Word and Music, Matt Schudel , October 15, 2008
Baseball's Forgotten Star, Matt Schudel , September 26, 2008
The Greatest Editor?, Matt Schudel , September 6, 2008
The Peanuts Gang , Matt Schudel , September 4, 2008
Bernie Mac Dies at 50, Matt Schudel , August 9, 2008
Is God Dead? (UPDATED), Matt Schudel , July 31, 2008
Chuck Stobbs and Donald Dunaway (UPDATED), Matt Schudel , July 25, 2008
The Tragedy of Tom Disch, Matt Schudel , July 9, 2008
Clay Felker's New York, Matt Schudel , July 2, 2008
What's a Handicap?, Matt Schudel , June 21, 2008
Tim Russert, Matt Schudel , June 14, 2008
The Synchronicity of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Matt Schudel , June 10, 2008
Brother of the More Famous Robert, Matt Schudel , May 24, 2008
The Death of a Friend, Matt Schudel , May 17, 2008
Everyone Complains About the Weather..., Matt Schudel , May 9, 2008
His Dying Wish, Matt Schudel , May 1, 2008
The Spy Game, Matt Schudel , April 20, 2008
Are You Ready for Some Football?, Matt Schudel , April 18, 2008
What Might Have Been, Matt Schudel , March 19, 2008
Mostly, He Wrote About Sports, Matt Schudel , March 5, 2008
The Power of Words, Matt Schudel , February 27, 2008
Between the Weather and the Elections..., Matt Schudel , February 13, 2008
Who needs commas, anyway?, Matt Schudel , January 5, 2008
Memories of Hank, Matt Schudel , December 20, 2007
Obit Sleuthing, Matt Schudel , December 1, 2007
Good and Evel, Matt Schudel , December 1, 2007
What Does Gatorade Taste Like?, Matt Schudel , November 28, 2007
Fight of the Century, Matt Schudel , November 16, 2007
The Daily Goodbye, Matt Schudel , November 4, 2007
Shades of Gray, Matt Schudel , October 24, 2007
The Good Doctor, Matt Schudel , October 17, 2007
Greatly Exaggerated, Matt Schudel , October 4, 2007
An Obituary of Another Kind, Matt Schudel , October 3, 2007
Local Lives, Matt Schudel , September 30, 2007
If Only We Knew ..., Matt Schudel , September 20, 2007
Radio, Radio, Matt Schudel , September 18, 2007
 
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