Legendary homicide detective Lou Smit, age 75, passed away last week in Colorado after a battle with cancer. One of Smit's most famous (and as-yet unsolved) investigations was the JonBenet Ramsey case.
Aunt Marcie's church taught my mother that the Great Command to "love you neighbor as yourself" was the core of of both American democracy and the Christian faith. My mother took it all very seriously. Not only did she endlessly give things away but stood up for social justice.
Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, and countless others are part of Steve Reuther's legacy that landed deep in the culture. But the film he was most proud of was a small film called Pay It Forward.
Given my profession and some unlucky life turns, I've had more occasion than my typical reader to mourn beautiful people close to me, or--more often--...
it is time for respect. It is time to raise the fist and light the lighter and, of course, make the sign. Oh, the sign. It is formidable indeed. It is the thing that will last forever. It has the power.
On Monday, April 26, 2010, thousands of celebrants walked through mournful rain to what could only be called a joyful Happening.
I read the obituaries because I know we lose a lot of good people, and I just like to check and make sure that we are also losing some of the evil folk, too.
Those in the marijuana movement have Jack Herer, in more than part, to thank, not only for their ferocity, but for their existence and subsequent successes.
I liked to say I had the coolest chiropractor in Los Angeles. A bass guitarist still active in his 60s, John Ciambotti played on hit records with Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, and Huey Lewis.
Fess Parker will always be Davy Crockett to me. The American pioneer, trailblazer and hero of the Alamo as played by one of early television's stars.
Mark Linkous, singer and songwriter with indie band Sparklehorse, shot himself through the heart on March 6. He was 47.
Funerals provide closure, a necessary part of the mourning process. But the subject of death is difficult for many, and we are often at a loss for what to say. Here are tips to help you along the way.
Not only will you be leaving behind a piece that's ready for publication, but your obituary also serves as a guideline for eulogies, documentation for genealogy records, and even a catalyst for future family history buffs.
Since being diagnosed with prostate cancer a month ago, I find myself reading newspaper obituaries with greater interest. I'm paying particular attention to the lives of those who died in their prime.
One of the thoughts at a funeral, at least for me, is always: What will people say about me at my funeral?
This morning, I was being interviewed by the Boston Phoenix and the interviewer asked me who my own heroes were -- I had no hesitation in answering, first, "Howard Zinn."