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"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"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"

Historian to unite Chandler's, wife's remains

A perfect feature story by John Rogers via the Denver Post and the Associated Press. It tells us that Loren Latker, a historian focused on the life and work of oft-imitated, never-surpassed crime novelist Raymond Chandler (pictured above), has arranged for the ashes of his wife to be united with his remains at a cemetery in San Diego. It turns out he wanted to be cremated and placed next to her; however, this seems to be the best the system can do. Latker will inter her this coming Valentine's Day during a graveside celebration and plans to serve drink vodka gimlets at the event.

Sally Holloway

A great pioneering female journalist, radio broadcaster and historian. Via the Telegraph

Marilyn Cantor Baker

TV, radio and nightclub performer; she was the first female disc jockey in New York; and she wrote sitcoms such as "Love, Sidney." Via Sitcoms Online and Legacy.com. The fourth of vaudeville, film and radio star Eddie Cantor's oft-referred-to five daughters.

Jose Antonio Labordeta

Poet, singer, professor and politician -- via Though Cowards May Flinch

Laszlo Polgar

Hungarian operatic bass -- via Associated Press

Jessie James 'Mitch' Mitchell, Sr.

Ace Negro Leagues centerfielder and respected batter -- via the Birmingham News.

Wayne Twitchell

Major League pitcher and All-Star -- via the Oregonian

Joseph L. Harsh

Civil War historian -- via the Alexandria, VA Connection

Wallace Turner

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist -- via the New York Times

James Bacon

Hollywood columnist, reporter and writer -- via the L.A. Times. He acted a bit as well; he has the distinction of being the only performer who appeared in each of the five original "Planet of the Apes" movies!