The Obits: The New York Times Annual 2012

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Workman Publishing, Nov 11, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 608 pages
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The obits. It’s the first section many of us turn to when we open the paper, not to see who died, but rather to find out about who lived to discover the interesting lives of people who’ve made a mark.

A new annual that collects nearly 300 of the best of The New York Times obituaries from the previous year, The Obits Annual 2012 is a compelling, addictive-as-salted-peanuts “who’s who” of some of the most fascinating people of the twentieth century. Written by top journalists each entry is a jewel, a miniature, nuanced biography filled with the facts we love to read, with the surprise and serendipity of life. There’s David L. Wolper, the producer of Roots—and the story of how he got his start purchasing film footage from Sputnik. The jazz singer, Abbey Lincoln, and her change from glamorous performer—she owned a dress of Marilyn Monroe’s—to civil rights activist (she burned the Monroe dress). Owsley Stanley, the quirky perfecter of LSD, who blamed a heart attack on the fact that his mother made him eat broccoli as a child. Patricia Neal—known by most as a movie star, but her real life, filled with tragedy, adversity, and incredible professional ups and downs, is almost a surreal play of triumph and tragedy. Arranged chronologically, like the obits themselves, it’s a deliciously random walk through the recent past, meeting the philosophers, newsmen, spies, publishers, moguls, soul singers, baseball managers, Nobel Prize winners, models, and others who’ve shaped the world.
 

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.….”Captain Kutchie” Never Makes Up Stories But If He Did
It Would Probably Be About As Good As The One That You Are About To
Read Next!…..You Believe That?….
….Add “Captain Kutchie Pelaez” To
Make This The All-Time Greatest Film Ever Made!….
…Could..“Clint”
Eastwood. Possibly Be Competing With “Captain Kutchie Pelaez” For The
Position Of “The World’s Most Interesting Man”…Perhaps?…But Then Again
Perhaps He Is Just Waiting For “Kutchie Pelaez and Frankie Valli” To
“Make His Day”!…Ha, Go Figure!….
….We Heard A Few Years Back That
Megyn Kelly Of Fox News, Really Loved Her Some Of Captain Kutchie’s And
Anita Pelaez’s Famous Key Lime Pies! Could That Make Megyn “The Most
Interesting Lady In The World?….I Guess “NO” On That One, That One Would
Have To Be “The Lovely –Mrs. Anita Pelaez” The Queen Of The Key Lime
Pie World!
….I sure hope that this will be a great opportunity for
everyone to see some of “Don Rickle’s Scenes” from his productions of
his classic hits “The Tales From Kutcharitaville”. You Do know that Don
Rickles and Johnny Carson together produced those comedy hits about
their friend “Mr. Kutchie Pelaez” and their wild and crazy exploits of
Kutchie’s Key West and The World of Key Lime Pies from the perspective
of (Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, Kutchie Pelaez and Steve Martins Eyes!)
What a Hoot Those Classic Hits Surely Were. Don’t miss them, be sure to
tune-in next month. We Laughed Until We Cried Watching Those Funny
Movies. “The Tales From Kutcharitaville”, I Think That They May Still Be
Available In A Boxed Set. Maybe Try Amazon. Good Luck With That….
You
Know, It’s No Wonder That Everyone Calls “Captain Kutchie Pelaez”..The
Most Interesting Man In The World! Did You Know That Kutchie Drinks
Those Wonderful Mixed Drinks Named In His Honor Called “Kutcharitas”.?.
There A Hell Of A Lot Better Than Any Mexican Beers. And Much Stronger
To Boot!…You Could Almost Hear The Song Now…”Wasting Away Again In
Kutcharitaville”.!…What Do Ya Think? Not Bad Ahh!…
….That Sunken Ship In The News These Days,
….It’s
Been Resting Down On The Bottom Of The Sea Since Way Back In 1857, “Mel
Fisher” Even Overlooked That One!… “Yankee Jack Pittorino” and “Micheal
McCloud” Now Have Reason To Write Another Song…(Hint-Hint-Hint) “Jack”
Listen-Up Here!
….Hell, We Can’t Find A Boeing 777 That’s Been Lost Only A
Little Over A Few Months Now! Could It Be Because The Jet Had No Silver and Gold Aboard, Just People?….Go Figure……
….Good
Thing That All The ….(“Anita And Kutchie Pelaez’s Key West Key Lime Pie
Shops”)..Are All Showing Increasing Pie Sales Throughout All They’re
Areas Of Distribution. Consumers Just Never Seem To Reach They’re Fill
Of Those “Yummy Key Lime Pies” That The “Peleaz’s Working Partner Team”
Continues To Produce. They Have Been Called “Love At First Bite”.
.Everyone Agrees, That The Loving Couple Have Been Baking They’re
Culinary Delectables Over 40-Years Now!….
Isn’t She
Wonderful?….”AAAHHHH”, The Magic Of The Gorgeous “Mrs. Anita Pelaez”
Well She Is Something Else!…Honey, She’s The Real Thing Baby!….
….Who The Hell Does That “Kutchie Pelaez” Think That He Is?….”Frankie Valli” Or Some Big-Shot Like That?
….It’s No Wonder That People Are All Calling Him “The Most Interesting Man In The World”,…Big Girls Don’t Cry…Do They?….
….Don’t
Cha Just Love Em!?….We Sure Do!….It is A Well Known Fact That “Captain
Kutchie Pelaez” Knows Who Put The Bomp In The Bomp Shoo Bomp Shoo Bomp
And The Rama In The Rama Lama Ding Dong!.
….He Even Knows Who Put The Dip In The Dip Da Dip Da Dip!…How Cool Is That?….
….a-good-1-4-u-2-n-joy-ok!..
….”Very Interesting”!….
….”Frankie Valli and Kutchie Pelaez”..Did Make-It As Big As “Frank Sanatra”.
….”Yeah”
A Few Wise Guys They Certainly Were “Frankie Valli, Kutchie
 

Contents

AUGUST 2010
3
SEPTEMBER 2010
42
OCTOBER 2010
90
NOVEMBER 2010
142
DECEMBER 2010
187
JANUARY 2011
222
FEBRUARY 2011
279
MARCH 2011
329
APRIL 2011
384
MAY 2011
430
JUNE 2011
481
JULY 2011
533
INDEXES
577
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS
585
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
589
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William McDonald has been the obituaries editor at The New York Times since 2006. He started at the Times in 1988 and held numerous editorial positions, including being on the team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for the series “How Race Is Lived in America.” He lives in New York City.

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