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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"

the Sony Walkman

Portable cassette player -- via Conceivably Tech. After 31 years and 200 million units made, its manufacture has been discontinued.

John Graysmark

Oscar-nominated art director and production designer -- via Legacy.com. Gave a great look to many films, including "Young Winston," "Ragtime," "The Bounty," "Lifeforce" and "Gorillas in the Mist," to name a few.

Gladys Bates

Educator who fought racism -- via the Denver Post

Mike Esposito

Renowned inker for comics, especially Marvel -- via Comic Books Resources

N. Paul Kenworthy Jr.

Innovative cinematographer and camera-systems inventor -- via the L.A. Times. The amazing Disney nature documentaries are thanks to him.