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Submitted by Fred Van Bennekom (United States), Mar 26, 2012 07:29

This may seem odd, but one of my favorite columns in the Journal is the obit. (In Boston papers, obits are referred to as the "Irish sport pages.") Here we read about those who through the wonders of the free-market, open society contributed to the common good, be it access to a bagel or diffraction grating.

How many people know that Norman Edmund, founder of Edmund Scientific, passed away in January? Yet, those of us who engaged in the science fair craze in the 1960s were affected more by him than by Whitney Houston, who passed about the same time.

It's such a statement about our celebrity obsessed culture.

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The Future of Capitalism replies:

WSJournal didn't even have obits until fairly recently. One of the main obit writers there is Stephen Miller, who was the obit writer at the New York Sun.

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