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Congratulations!

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An epitaph is an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there. It’s also a summary statement of commemoration of a dead person. For the Final Farewell Contest, we asked our readers to give us their preferred epitaphs in 15 words or less.
The winners are:
Kathy Beth Quintalino Buchsbaum
Wife, Mother, Librarian
Permanently Checked Out

–Kathy Buchsbaum, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Here lies the winner of Blog of Death’s Final Farewell Contest.
–Danny Groner, Silver Spring, Md.
Quiet Neighbors at Last
–David Warde-Farley, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
She loved bad dogs, good coffee, writing well, and making trouble. In exactly that order.
–Martha Garvey, Hoboken, N.J.
Decidedly Uncommon.
–Tiffany “Gwyn” Hope Cox, Des Moines, Iowa
Each winner will receive:
* “The Portable Obituary: How the Famous, Rich and Powerful Really Died” by Michael Largo
* “Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die” by Michael Largo
* Skeleton lollipops
* Published epitaph on The Blog of Death
Congratulations! You will all be remembered forever.

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The Final Farewell Contest

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Write your epitaph in 15 words or less. E-mail your submission using the subject heading “Final Farewell Contest.” Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address and epitaph in the body of the message. Only one entry per person, please.
The top five entries will receive:
* “The Portable Obituary: How the Famous, Rich and Powerful Really Died” by Michael Largo
* “Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die” by Michael Largo
* Skeleton lollipops
* Published epitaph on The Blog of Death
Deadline is Sept. 30, 2007. Winner will be announced on Oct. 1, 2007.
For more information about these books, visit Final Exits.

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Beloved by Bloggers

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The Blog of Death has been nominated in four categories of the Bloggers Choice Awards: Best Blog of All Time, Best Pop Culture Blog, Freakiest Blogger and The Blogitizer (an award presented to the blogger who demonstrates the best writing ability on his or her blog).
I’m incredibly thrilled by these honors — and yes, it’s a pleasure just to be nominated. If you would like to vote for us, or nominate your other favorite blogs, sign up here. Winners will be announced on June 2 at PostieCon in Orlando.

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A Look Back

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The Blog of Death published more than 100 obits this year. Here’s a quick look back at a few of our favorite entries from 2006:
* Eric J. Namesnik, an Olympic swimmer who took home two silver medals
* Joan Root, a British wildlife filmmaker and African conservationist
* Vinny “The Chin” Gigante, a Mafioso who managed to elude prosecution for decades by pretending to be crazy
* Dorothy Godfrey, the co-founder of a non-profit organization for survivors of suicide victims
* Octavia Butler, a science fiction writer who won both the Hugo and Nebula awards
* Dana Reeve, a talented entertainer, a loving mother, a devoted wife and a champion of spinal cord research
* Bill Moran, an innovator in custom knifemaking
* Don Knotts, an Emmy Award-winning actor who entertained generations in television shows, movies and on stage
* Thomas J. Abercrombie, a writer and photographer for National Geographic magazine
* Arthur Winston, a man who spent more than seven decades helping Los Angelinos get safely to and from work each day
* Moose, a canine actor best known for playing Eddie on the Emmy Award-winning NBC sitcom “Fraser”
* Harry Olivieri, the co-creator of the Philly cheese steak sandwich and a Philadelphia legend
* Ken Lay, the disgraced former chairman and chief executive of Enron who defrauded his stockholders and employees of billions of dollars
* Susan Butcher, a champion musher who won The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race four times
* Michael Mosey, “Scotland’s Unluckiest Man”
* Bruce Ruth, the entrepreneur who made the town of Severence, Colo., famous for selling Rocky Mountain Oysters
* Steve Irwin, the popular Australian TV personality known as “The Crocodile Hunter”
* Tyron Garner, a plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down sodomy bans in 13 states
* Steam Train Maury, the Grand Patriarch of the Hobos
* Ed Bradlee, an Emmy Award-winning journalist who appeared on the CBS news program “60 Minutes” for more than a quarter century
* Basil Poledouris, an Emmy Award-winning film composer
* Jeffrey Newbauer Jr., a terminally ill college student who tried to raise awareness about childhood cancer and research by visiting every Major League Baseball park in a single season
* Dewey Readmore Books, the feline mascot of the Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa
* Robert Volpe, the Sherlock Holmes of the art world
* Rosalie Bradford, who once held world records for being the heaviest woman on the planet and for losing the most weight

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A Look Back

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The Blog of Death published nearly 200 obits this year. Here’s a quick look back at a few of our favorite entries from 2005:
* Harvey Miller, a decorated World War II airman who was dubbed “The Jinx of the 15th Air Force”
* H. David Dalquist, the inventor of the Bundt pan.
* Ossie Davis, a veteran actor, writer, director and civil rights activist
* Max Schmeling, a German boxing legend
* Arthur Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
* Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist
* Dick Weber, one of the first stars of bowling
* Samuel Alderson, the designer of the crash test dummy
* Uli Derickson, the TWA flight attendant who negotiated with hijackers to save the lives of her passengers
* Rev. Walter H. Halloran, the last surviving Jesuit participate of a famous exorcism
* Zdzislaw Beksinski, a Polish artist known for his dark and haunting images
* Chris LeDoux, a world champion bareback rider and country music star
* Clemente Dominguez, an insurance accountant who declared himself pope
* Johnnie Cochran, a flamboyant trial lawyer
* Marla Ruzicka, a peace activist
* Eddie Albert, an actor and environmentalist
* Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice behind Tony the Tiger
* George Mikan, a star center who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships
* Mokobo Modjadji, the Rain Queen of the Balobedu people of South Africa
* Gen. Louis H. Wilson Jr., the 26th commandant of the Marine Corps
* James Doohan, an actor on “Star Trek”
* Gerry Thomas, the inventor of the TV dinner
* Peter Jennings, a TV journalist
* Rosa Parks, a civil rights pioneer
* Alfred Anderson, the last known surviving Allied veteran of WWI’s “Christmas Truce”

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