Mensa & Odd Obits

From my column in the September Mensagenda

I also read a number of blogs devoted
to linguistics and editing. One I
like a lot is written by John McIntyre,
formerly the head of the copy desk at
the Baltimore Sun, and now, after an enforced
hiatus, back there as night content
editor, or some such thing.

McIntyre snarked recently at an obit
for the late senator Ted Stevens, which
began, “Ted Stevens died Monday the
way Alaskans die, in a plane crash in the
wilds of the state he devoted his life to.”

No, the obit writer wasn’t trying to
be funny. But McIntyre invited his readers
to send him candidates in the same
style for the lead sentence in their own
obits, and they are funny. I especially enjoyed
seeing the comments from people
whose language blogs I read. Try it yourself,
and post comments on my blog.

There’s one Minnesota contribution among McIntyre’s comments:

Ole Finnerud died the way most Minnesotans die: of a massive heart attack while screaming his head off near the end of a close high school hockey game. His last words, “Did we win?”

Posted by: Toma

Your turn.

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Linda Seebach retired in 2007 from the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, where she was an editorial writer and columnist.
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