Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Those are people who died, died

Cleaning, and found an old Washington Post from 12/22/06. Pretty good obit section that day. I abstract them here for you. For you. I give and give, and what do I get in return? Heartache.

  • Cecil Travis, lifetime batting average of .314, was given a Hereford Bull in an on-field ceremony during his final season with the Washington Senators.
  • Saparmurat Niyazov, or Turkmenbashi The Great, commissioned a gold-plated statue of himself that rotated with the sun "so his heroic visage always caught the light." He also renamed months after himself and his mother. And, of course, he was a brutal dictator.
  • Eleanor Wainstein was a research analyst specializing in international terrorism, and sewed her own clothes.
  • Marjorie Arundel fought tirelessly against illegal bulb harvesting in Asia Minor.
  • Fred Marsden, drummer for Gerry and the Pacemakers, later established the Pacemaker Driving School.
  • Catherine Pollard was the first female scoutmaster.
  • John Nocket, CPA, "retired in the early 1970s but got bored and took a job as chief of internal auditing for the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission."
  • Roy Story was nicknamed "Ma" by fellow prisoners during the Korean War, because he cooked and cared for them all.
  • Margaret Ware was a pilot during WWII and later worked on antipoverty programs.
  • Suzanne Buzzard was inspired to become a civil servant when she heard a speech by JFK in Michigan in 1960. She worked for the Peace Corps and USAID, and had three Zs in her name, four if you count her middle name (Elizabeth).
  • Arnold Price, historian, helped recover the "Hildebrandslied," a 9th century epic poem from Germany that had gone missing after WWII. He made a gingerbread house every Christmas.