Dana Gordon was the Deputy Director of our Research Center from 1996 to 2008, leaving Newsweek just as she was getting married to her husband, Steve Dzik. She was an incredibly positive person, even as she received a diagnosis this past November of aggressive uterine cancer. Everyone who’s ever met her will remember her smile (ever-present) and her singsong voice — she was a walking melody. She died this past Thursday morning, after a brief but brave battle. Our thoughts are with her friends and family.
Our obit of banjo player Earl Scruggs, dead, this week, at 88.
Slain reporter Marie Colvin’s last dispatch, posted to a Facebook group for conflict journalists and rights reporters. She was killed this morning in a mortar attack.
A video profile of the french journalist Gilles Jacquier, who was killed today while covering a pro-government rally in Syria. Jacqueir was one of many journalists in a pack being led by government representatives, and they were allegedly interviewing people when mortar shells began to fall around them. The majority ran into a nearby house. Jacquier didn’t make it. This video is in French, so we don’t know what they’re saying. If anyone speaks French, feel free to reblog with a quick one-line translation so we can get to know a bit more about him.
The AP reports: “Karl Slover, one of the last surviving actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 classic film, “The Wizard of Oz,” has died. He was 93.” Above, the five surviving actors who played Munchkins in 1939’s Wizard of Oz—celebrating its 70th anniversary in October 2009, reveal set secrets and reflect on their roles in the Oscar-nominated film.
Steve Jobs’s final words.