hourglass.jpgSome people believe writing obituaries is a morbid job, but in truth, only one line deals with death. The rest of the story focuses on the amazing lives people lead.
Whenever I hear about a death, I ask myself, “Did they live with passion? Did they accomplish great things? Did they touch other people’s lives in a positive or negative way? Did they contribute something to the world that was previously missing?” Then, I simply try to tell a good story using the facts at my disposal.
This year, The Blog of Death chronicled the lives of celebrities, criminals, artists, heroes and ordinary people who did extraordinary things. These 10 obituaries were my personal favorites:
* Gemina, the beloved crooked-necked giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo.
* Lazare Ponticelli, the last French veteran of World War I.
* Vicki Van Meter, a record-setting young pilot.
* Pippa Bacca, an Italian performance artist.
* Dianne Odell, a children’s book author and polio sufferer.
* Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who gave an inspiring final lecture.
* Sandy Allen, the tallest woman in the world.
* Maudie Hopkins, one of the last known widows of a Confederate soldier.
* Dave Freeman, co-author of “100 Things to Do Before You Die: Travel Events You Just Can’t Miss.”
* Gus, the ugliest dog in the world.
Rest in peace.