"By writing or reading obituaries, we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others."
Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"

"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'"
John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Robert A. Moon

 Postal inspector helped to invent the zip code -- via the New York Times

Wyn Morris

Combative Welsh conductor -- via the Times of London

Daryl Gates

Controversial Los Angeles chief of police -- via the L.A. Times

Bob Cuff

Matte painter and visuals effects expert for films such as "The Guns of Navarone," "The Princess Bride" and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (above) -- via the Guardian

Benjamin Hooks

Civil rights leader -- via the Washington Post

Pete Steele

Type O Negative frontman -- via Rock Sins

Walter Horn Jr.

Distinctive bluesman best known as "Mississippi Slim" -- via WCBI

Steve Reid

Great drummer -- via All About Jazz

Peter Haskell

Ubiquitous TV actor -- via the Museum of the San Fernando Valley

Anna Walentynowicz

Shipyard worker and union activist whose termination triggered the Gdansk strikes, and eventual overthrow of Communism in Poland -- via the Washington Post

John Agnew

World War II veteran was part of rough-and-tumble "Filthy Thirteen" unit -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer

Carolyn M. Rodgers

Poet was part of Black Arts movement -- via the Chicago Sun-Times

William Walker

Baritone sang extensively at the Metropolitan Opera -- via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

'Obit Patrol' fills predicted need

A recent posting by Rich Gordon at Poynter Online succinctly outlines a plan for changing how obituaries are published -- an approach already in place here at Obit Patrol!

"Meanwhile, a news-based Web site focusing on obituaries about interesting and accomplished people should attract a substantial audience -- both obituary enthusiasts and people with niche/affinity interests -- and generate new advertising revenue. With the right mix of on-site content and links to material elsewhere, such a site could also drive traffic to newspaper Web sites."

It's right here, right now. Let me know if you want Obit Patrol to be a part of your media package!

Dixie Carter

Actress -- via the Yahoo News