[Dixielandjazz] NY Times Obits

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet@earthlink.net
Tue, 10 Sep 2002 11:44:49 -0400

Rob McCallum wrote (polite snip)

"regarding the NY Times obituary department?  Apparently they research,
in advance, the lives of aging celebrities and keep them on file for
future use.  When the celebrity actually passes they simply fill in the
details regarding the circumstances and bring up the research file.
>From a practical point of view, it makes perfect sense, but is a bit on
the creepy side."

Yes. All major Newspapers, magazines, TV Stations, News Services etc.,,
have obits, memorials etc., on file in advance for famous people
considered newsworthy. That way they go to press or report an obit
immediately, without having to do the research when the death occurs and
miss a deadline, (no pun intended. . . well maybe). Nothing worse for
the media than yesterday's news.

Musical Content? You're Nobody Till Somebody Obits You." (In advance,
that is)

Steve Barbone

PS. You can bet the farm that Osama's Obit is on file, Saddam's too.