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By Dead People, For Dead People

Remember when Bob Hope died back in 1998? At least, there was a crawl on TV that announced this "fact" mistakenly.

The truth is, death is coming for all of us. So why not prepare? At least the New York Times didn't mistakenly publish their Bob Hope obituary in 1998. They properly waited until 2003, when Bob Hope really died, and then ran the obit.

Except of course, that the writer of that obituary is Vincent Canby, who died in October 2000. The dead, writing about the dead! I wonder if Canby ever considered that his obituary (and hope) might outlive him?

It could be worse. The Times could've changed the byline, fearing this sort of mockery. Maybe they could've attributed it to Jayson Blair?


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