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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:09 PM
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:13 PM
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1. Am I getting old or has this summer was full of death?
Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Walter Cronkite, Don Hewitt, Ted Kennedy, Patrick Swayze, and now Mary Travers and, I am sure, I have missed a name or two.
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Louisiana1976 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:20 PM
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3. I agree--it seems more famous people have died this summer than at other times.
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:18 AM
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4. And now, Henry Gibson (nt)
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:40 AM
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14. 'This summer could come to be known
as the summer when baby boomers began to turn to the obituary pages first, to face not merely their own mortality or ponder their legacies, but to witness the passing of legends who defined them as a tribe, bequeathing through music, culture, news and politics a kind of generational badge that has begun to fray.

This is a historical development in cultural history, said Todd Gitlin, 66, the sociologist and author of The Sixties, who teaches at the Columbia University School of Journalism. Its the ebbing of figures who have a wide enough span of appreciation and admiration so they appeal to significant numbers of people, like incarnations of virtue. So people take a new measure of themselves when they ask, Will there ever be anybody else like X ? '

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/fashion/17obits.html

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Stardust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:06 AM
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10. I'm afraid we (speaking for myself) Boomers had better get ready
for a lot of deaths. There are so many of us and we lived hard.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:15 AM
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12. Yes and we STILL live hard,
still going.

Mary was 72? Not a boomer, and technically I'm not either, at 64. (but on SocSec., and maybe medicare next year.)
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:14 PM
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:36 AM
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5. These deaths make me so sad, but I guess there comes a time
in one's life when people start dying. I remember sitting next to my (now deceased) grandfather when James Stewart died. Grampa visibly shrank. My grandmother lived to 98 and there were none of her contemporaries alive the day she passed.

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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:41 AM
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6. There has been many deaths this year that effect those of us born post WWII.
I lost a dear neighbor, it doesn't get easier.


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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:46 AM
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7. I agree.
The last few months especially have been tough. I lost two grandparents in the last year, and a number of family friends. I am surprised how the death of Michael Jackson has affected me and every couple of days somebody else lets go of this world and moves on.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:55 AM
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8. These people were part of our youth, good memories.
It is hard to let go.

The passing of Mary and Ted as been really hard for me.

We are fast becoming the older generation, I am 55.

I am glad I lived my youth when I did, and all what happened isn't history in a book.

We got to see it, even if we were very young at the time.

I am really missing my Aunt tonight, think I will get the Peter, Paul and Mary records and play them.

They were her LP's.
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:04 AM
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9. Listen, texanwitch: I know you know it, but we do honor
to our forebears when we live through these losses, which are not trivial, and carry on. Your aunt would/does appreciate that you are remembering her at this time, yes? None of our lives is properly represented by history in any book and it's comforting that you know it as I know it.

I almost wrote earlier that I will dig out my PP&M CDs (yes, I have them all) and replay them. My parents' records are long since gone. Let's listen and remember and rejoice in shared memories. -Lisa
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:14 AM
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11. Many thanks Lisa.
:hug:

I have my aunt's LP here with me now.

I can still hear her singing, like Mary.

She couldn't carry a note but that didn't stop her.

I am the person I am because of her.

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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:16 AM
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13. Hugs.
Thanks to you, texanwitch. :hug:
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