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What are the most interesting obituaries from the NYTIMES or ECONOMIST?

With the departure of Gabriel Garcia, there has been a plethora of obituaries to make his passing. I've been reading many of them and am pretty intrigued by the life he lived. I remember reading an obituary of Svetlana Alliuyeva which recounted probalby one of the most interesting and epic lives I've ever read about. Miles Davis obituary had probably the coolest (pun intended) headline "Miles Davis, Trumpeter, Dies; Jazz Genius, 65, Defined Cool". What are the most interesting obituaries you've read and that have stayed with you throughout the years.
posted by RapcityinBlue on Apr 18, 2014 - 17 answers

Should I write guidelines for my obituary?

Should I write guidelines for my obituary? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Nov 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Should I write my parents' obituary in advance?

Preparing a parent's obit in advance: Morbid? Wise? Avoiding a part of the healing process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 - 20 answers

With Sympathy

I recently saw an obituary for a previous employer's father. Is it inappropriate to use this situation to re-establish contact? [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on Jul 21, 2011 - 10 answers

What do you think?

I am not English and am trying to understand if The Economist's Osama Bin Laden obituary should be read as serious and humanizing or tongue-in-cheek humorous. [more inside]
posted by beisny on May 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Did newspaper obits ever darken or alter the pupils of the deceased person's photograph?

Book-finder filter: trying to locate a novel that included this weird, probably invented, practice of old newspaper obituaries: the stock portrait of the deceased person is altered to darken the pupils. Intention was to cancel out the reflection from the eyes. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I've tried searching Gale, Google, and the mssg. board on the Thanatos Archives. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Oct 19, 2010 - 5 answers

About whom should I learn while we still share a planet?

What really awesome people should I learn about before they die? Inspired by my frustrations with this post(and others) on the blue. [more inside]
posted by The Potate on Mar 2, 2010 - 48 answers

For a devotee of the obituary

How best to suggest an obituary to the NYTimes? [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey on Jan 10, 2010 - 4 answers

In 1988, invented the Oscillation Overthruster while an intern for Team Banzai.

What happens if somebody lies in an obituary? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Oct 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Should I give a dead stranger's book to his children?

I found a neat antique book, and now I've tracked down its old owner. He's dead. Should I offer to give it to his children? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jul 25, 2009 - 26 answers

How to mass email someone's friends on MySpace?

MySpace question (which, forgive me, is probably easy to answer but I'm in a bit of a crisis): is there a way to send a message to ALL of one user's friends OR can you suggest a way to quickly contact many users about a funeral/memorial service? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Nov 14, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I discreetly research a family member's suicide?

Earlier this year, my cousin shot himself. I'd been estranged from him for several years, but we used to be close. How do I go about getting information about his death and about the last few years of his life? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 28, 2007 - 7 answers

Was this dude my great-grandfather...or an IMPOSTOR?!

If my maternal grandfather was my (alleged?) great-grandfather's biological son, why would his last name be different from both of his parents'? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Sep 25, 2007 - 11 answers

Guide me on obituary/wake invitation design for a dear friend

A member of my community has recently died from cancer. I offered to design an invitation for his wake and could use some guidance. [more inside]
posted by a_green_man on Jul 17, 2007 - 5 answers

How can I find info on someone who's passed away?

I know someone's date of birth, date of death, the U.S. state they died in (Washington) -- but not the county -- and their SSN. How do I find out what happened to them? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on May 3, 2007 - 15 answers

Looking for an obituary for an acquanitence that passed away on May 5, 2006 in Minervaplein (Holland, Europe).

Looking for an obituary for an acquanitence that passed away on May 5, 2006 in Minervaplein (Holland, Europe). [more inside]
posted by seinfeld on May 6, 2006 - 11 answers

Has Carlos Fuentes' daughter died?

Has Carlos Fuentes' daughter died?
posted by callicles on Aug 25, 2005 - 9 answers

Obituary writer?

Are newspaper obituaries always provided by the family, or in the event where one has no family, are there people who write them? If so, does anyone have any experience or second hand stories concerning writing them? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on May 18, 2005 - 20 answers

Mining news sites for data.

Is there a way, without constant human intervention, to (1) mine either Google News, Yahoo News, or the AP for new obituaries and (2) drop the name, age, blurb, and URL into a database? [more inside]
posted by PrinceValium on Jan 23, 2004 - 5 answers

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