I don't know if you got any of my emails,
First of all, it's fair to describe your husband
he was on Kennedy's staff, right?
that we go through with all families, and then I have
Your husband's full name at birth?
William P. Wilson.
September 4th, 9/4/28.
And what was his date of death?
So he was 86.
And where was he when he died?
Washington, D.C., okay, and the cause of death?
What did he study?
People often ask, "Oh, you're an obit writer.
Isn't it depressing?"
I'm not sure that writing the obits,
at the forefront of my mind.
who has died after a long, rich,
creative, fulfilling life.
In an obit of 800 words or so,
So it's counterintuitive, ironic even,
and in fact absolutely everything
to do with the life.
We don't have much new going on.
Yeah, I've only got two people.
Oh, I was gonna give you
this Argentine cardinal.
He seems to have had a big role in the Vatican.
There aren't too many of us doing this anymore.
Most papers just don't devote
I say I write obituaries, but sometimes, if I'm in the mood,
I say I am an obituarist,
as if I were, uh, you know,
You know, they think it's one step away
from an undertaker's job,
with all due respect to undertakers.
Sometimes people laugh.
Sometimes people look at you in shock.
Sometimes people go, "Oh wow, I love obits."
Sometimes people go, "Oh," and go on to, you know,
In Italian, they say--
it has the prefix "necro" in it.
It's like "necrologista,"
you know, "necrologica."
So it could be worse, you know,
I just say I write obituaries.
Huh, that's interesting.
Yeah, what can you tell me about his parents?
Beginning with their names.
Now Jane as the usual spelling,
there's no Y in there or anything.
And what did your husband's father do for a living?
A congressman from where?
From Illinois, from Illinois?
A Democrat, I take it?
This is interesting.
- When did he die? - Yeah, you're right.
He died October 4th, it's too late.
from day to day when you're on the obits desk.
Literally, I show up in the morning and I say, "Who's dead?"
you know, that's what I do that day.
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