Remembering The Passed

Our site creates  podcasts about people who have recently died (perhaps an overly prosaic way of stating it, better to say, using John Cleese’s description of the ex-parrot he purchased in the famous Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch  - “passed on”, “are no more”, “have ceased to be”, “expired and gone to meet their Maker”, “are bereft of life”, “have ceased to be”, “rest in peace”, “push up daisies”, “whose metabolic processes are now history”, “are off the twig”, “have kicked the bucket”, “shuffled off their mortal coil”, “run down the curtain” or “joined the Choir Invisible” –there that’s more like it).But the audio memories of OBITPAGE are not solemn memorials or grim tributes as print obituaries so often tend to be. No diseases or maudlin memories. Our audio stories are, as Russell Baker once wrote of well-done obituaries, “stimulants to sweet memories of better times, to philosophical richness, to discovery of life’s astonishing richness, variety, comedy, sadness, of the diverse infinitude of human imaginations it takes to make this world.”   


The stories we relate will be about the famous, the notorious, and the people you have never heard of who may have influenced your life – how each one of these people lived out their potential. How Eddie Fisher’s career was ruined after his marital escapades, Bobby Thomsen hitting the most famous home run in baseball history, the spy Eileen Narne helping the Allies win World War II and landing up in a concentration camp, or Richard Bing becoming one of the world’s top cardiologists and a world-class musician at the same time.  There is humor –Tony Curtis describing that kissing Marilyn Monroe was like kissing Hitler; there is pathos – the end of the Pontiac, an iconic car for generations of Americans and there is even the death of the world’s most famous octopus.  


Sid Tepps and I have attempted to inject a little bit of humor, a personal touch, and an occasional anecdote into these audio memories. Carolyn tells you of what it was like to be in the room where a bullet-riddled Bonnie and Clyde lay in state after their final confrontation with the law and the time she gave advice to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith to stop smoking. I can tell you what I heard Ted Sorenson answer when he was asked whether he wrote Profiles In Courage.  We try and give you something NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, or a regular podcast obituary cannot.  A little extra.  

Listen to life’s stories and little bits of history – a respite from the quotidian anxieties of everyday life.

Dr. Cory Franklin