What do James Van Allen, Fidel Castro, Liz Taylor and Ted Williams all have in common? Besides …

Besides the obvious?  The American space scientist and discoverer of the Earth’s magnetosphere, the Cuban revolutionary come communist dictator, the legendary movie Star often called the most beautiful woman to have ever lived and the last man to ever hit .400, World War II hero and frozen-head friend of Futurama, The Splendid Splinter himself, all share a unique and suprising distinction …

… their obituaries were all penned by authors who were dead long before they were.

Stephen Hiltner of The New York Times explains why.



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