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Journalist Patrick J. Kiger tells the stories of people who make their mark in ways big and small.

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Johnny Cash and 7 Other Hitmakers After Death

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayJohnny Cash‘s newly released CD Out Among the Stars debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. That might seem like a pretty impressive performance, especially considering that the artist himself passed away back in 2003. But Cash is just the latest in a string of deceased performers who’ve released hot-selling records after their demise. Here are a few: Buddy Holly, The Buddy Holly Story (1959). Released just a month after …

Archie: The Demise of America’s Oldest Teenager?

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayCan it be true? Is Archie Andrews really going to die? Archie, the comic book icon in the Riverdale High letter sweater, has been hanging out with best buddy Jughead Jones at The Chok’lit Shop and struggling with the Betty-or-Veronica quandry for more than seven decades. But now comes word that Archie is headed for that great malt shop in the sky. Archie Comics, the publisher of his adventures, has announced that he will “sacrifice himself heroically” while saving the life of …

Chuck Stone: The Columnist Who Saved Lives

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyBack when Chuck Stone was a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News (from 1972 to 1991), it wouldn’t have been advertising hype to say that he was the most trusted man in the City of Brotherly Love. People put their faith in Stone, who died on April 6 at age 89 in Farmington, N.C. It wasn’t just his street-smart knowledge of the city and the elegant old-school prose decorated with 0bscure words. They believed in his essential goodness, in the …

7 Unsolved Mysteries Boomers Can’t Forget

Posted on 03/28/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has become an obsession for cable TV news and spawned a slew of increasingly outlandish conspiracy theories on the Internet, including suggestions that it was hijacked by North Korean agents or accidentally destroyed by a secret military weapon test. The puzzlement has a familiar feel to baby boomers. We’ve grown up in an age full of uncertainties, ambiguities and unanswered conundrums — some serious (unexplained questions about the JFK assassination) and others not so …

The Man Who Dreamed Up ‘The Impossible Dream’

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyBeing a one-hit wonder might be enough if your single stroke of genius turns out to be one of the most enduring, oft-recorded songs in the history of popular music — “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha. Composer Mitch Leigh, who died on March 16 at age 86 in New York City, was a Yale-educated advertising-jingle writer with a couple of short-lived theatrical productions to his credit when, in an unlikely twist of …

David Brenner: He Made Everyday Life Seem Funny

Posted on 03/17/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAs a stand-up comic, David Brenner’s trademark line was “Did you ever notice … ?” Brenner, who died on March 15 at age 78 in New York City, made his living calling the myriad absurdities of everyday life to our attention — “the dumb things we say and do,” he once put it. Brenner, in fact, could get an entire routine out of, say, the frustrations that drivers experience when they have to ask for directions. Here he is, doing that …