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"Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the 
grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun." Bishop Hall
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Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

Let us take a moment to say goodbye to those who have died. 
They include former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, German author 
Joachim Fest, pioneer aerial photographer William Garnett, 
and author Gerald Green.

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ANN RICHARDS, FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR, DEAD AT 73

Ann Richards, the former Texas Governor with a tough-talking 
persona and trademark white hair, has died from complications 
of esophageal cancer. She was 73. Richards burst onto the 
political scene at the 1988 Democratic National Convention 
in Atlanta with her tart keynote address. Two years later, 
she was elected as the governor of Texas - only the second 
woman to hold that post. She served as the state's 45th 
governor until upset in 1994 when she was defeated for re-
election by challenger George W. Bush. Richards did not let 
her loss keep her from the national stage. She continued to 
speak out on behalf of liberal causes, did regular comment-
ations on CNN and appeared in national advertising campaigns. 
Richards will likely be remembered for her always unconvent-
ional persona. When she was almost 60, she began riding a 
Harley-Davidson motorcycle because, she said, "I thought I 
needed to do something kind of jazzy."


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JOACHIM FEST, AUTHOR AND EXPERT ON HITLER, DEAD AT 79

The German author of "Hitler: A Biography," Joachim Fest, 
has died in Kronberg, Germany, at age 79. Fest, who was 
editor of the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine 
Zeitung, died Monday at his home, The New York Times 
reported Wednesday. No cause of death was given. Among 
Fest's other historical works were "The Face of the Third 
Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership" in 1970, "Plotting 
Hitler's Death: The Story of the German Resistance" in 1996 
and 2004's "Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the 
Third Reich." His comprehensive "Hitler: A Biography" was 
released in the United States in 1973 and had its most 
recent reprint in 2000, the Times said. Fest also wrote the 
script for Bernd Eichinger's film, "The Downfall," about the 
Hitler's final days in the bunker. Although Fest married in 
1959 and had two sons there was no word on his survivors, 
the Times said.


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WILLIAM GARNETT, PIONEER OF AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, DEAD AT 89

Photographer William A. Garnett, who pioneered the art of 
aerial photography, has died in California at age 89. Garnett 
-- whose half-century career spanned police, commercial, 
sports and art photography -- died Aug. 24 at his home in 
Napa, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. Garnett 
may have not been the first photographer to shoot from the 
sky, but the images he snapped from his Cessna 170B in 1955 
expanded the boundaries of what could be done with aerial 
photography, the Times said. Among his better known photos 
were "Sand Dune Number 1 Death Valley" and "Snow Geese Over 
Lake Buena Vista." He won three Guggenheim awards that helped 
finance his art work, the newspaper said. He also served on 
the faculties at the University of California Berkley  and 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Garnett is survived by 
his wife, Eula Beal Garnett, three sons and three grandchildren.


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GERALD GREEN, AUTHOR, DEAD AT 84

Author, screenwriter and NBC's "Today" show co-creator 
Gerald Green has died of pneumonia in Norwalk, Conn., at age 
84. Green was born Gerald Greenberg in New York and lived in 
New Canaan, Conn., and Boca Raton, Fla. He died Tuesday, his 
wife Marlene told The New York Times. He wrote 20 novels, 
several works of nonfiction and an Emmy-award winning screen-
play for the 1978 NBC miniseries "Holocaust." A book he wrote 
based on the screenplay won the Dag Hammarskjold International 
Prize the following year. Two of his novels, "The Last Angry 
Man" and "His Majesty O'Keefe," were adapted for the screen 
in 1959 and 1954 respectively. As a producer for NBC News, 
Green helped create "Today," which first broadcast 1952.
Green is survived by his wife, three children, three step-
children and 20 grandchildren.


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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1982, Grace Patricia Kelly, the Princess of Monaco who 
was also an established actress, died at the age of 52.

In 1989, Robert Penn Warren, whose complex poetry and novels 
drawn from Southern life formed an intricate mirror of the 
human experience, died at the age of 84.

In 2003, actor John Ritter, who is fondly remembered for his 
roles in television comedy, died while in surgery after being 
rushed to the hospital. He was 54.

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