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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:59 PM
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The summer of celebrity deaths?
With the recent deaths of Patrick Swazey Mary Traverse and Henry Gibson, the NY Times has this piece remembering all the great names we lost this year:

Season-long rash of famous passings disturbing to self-reflective boomers

One after the other, they were dying: Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon, all in the same week earlier this summer. Next were Walter Cronkite, John Hughes and, in late August, at a pitch point of public grief, Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Then on Monday, Patrick Swayze died after a widely publicized struggle with pancreatic cancer, only to be followed by Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary Wednesday night.

It has been, by all appearances, the endless funereal season, with a news media swarm on the departed and a parade of nostalgic tributes, as bloggers and Twitterers went on celebrity death watch. Even before Senator Kennedy succumbed to brain cancer Aug. 25, columnists wrote pleading laments like one in The Washington Post that said, God, please stop taking away our celebrities.

After Don Hewitt, the creator of 60 Minutes, and Robert Novak, the conservative columnist and commentator, died within a day of each other in mid-August, the columnists and bloggers quipped that newsmen like Dan Rather or anyone with pop culture celebrity status should find a bunker.

Very reflective
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:05 PM
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1. Aaaah,this kind of thing is cyclical. I can't believe the Times even
wrote about it.

The 24 hour news availability feeds into it.
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