As a young staffer for the Christian Science Monitor, he once wrote an early, never-used obit
Adding still more intrigue to his writing, Sheeler displays a suspense novelist's ability to sustain audience interest by withholding key information about an individual, his life story, or his death until late in the obit
. An example of this can be seen in one of Sheeler's grimmest pieces, "Mr.
Brennan equally convinced shares the obit
with a skeptical Monty who wonders if Declan's guilt over actions as a youngster in the IRA is not distorting his sensibilities.
Post retirees such as Wayne Leeman, Amour Krupnik and John Brophy, were denied news obits
but former Globe-Democrat executives and retirees such as Les Pearson and Mary Kimbrough (the latest) got written obits
Some of her most memorable obits
described the lives and deaths of characters like Sweet Evening Breeze, a well-known cross-dresser; Maggie Bailey, the "Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers"; and Ollie "The Widow" Combs, a Faulkneresque character who was an activist against surface coal mining.
Then, in 1982, Tom Livingston, then managing editor, offered me "first refusal" to be the paper's first obit
Here is a sample of the 'great stylings' from McG., in his obit
titled Minnesota Fats, A Real Hustler With A Pool Cue, Is Dead:
I like to compose the obit
with a lively and/or life-defining lead and a satisfying finale.
Not one of the more than 200 people I interviewed for the biography The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson remembered Phyllis quite the way McLellan and other obit
The only one I would enjoy doing now would be to write the obit
for the year 2005.