Christopher Reeve -- Life and Death of a Hero

UK Guardian: "You were well advised to leave your pity at the door of Christopher Reeve's airy, sun-filled home, hidden amid the rolling meadows and white wooden barns of upstate New York. What struck you first, as he was steered into the room, was his commanding height: his throne-like wheelchair lifted his broad-shouldered bulk off the ground; sitting down, you found yourself tilting your head upwards to look at him."

Pat Moynihan is Dead at 76

Adam Clymer writes, "Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Harvard professor and four-term United States senator from New York who brought a scholar's eye for data to politics and a politician's sense of the real world to academia, died yesterday at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He was 76. The cause, a spokesman for the family said, was complications of a ruptured appendix... Mr. Moynihan was always more a man of ideas than of legislation or partisan combat. Yet he was enough of a politician to win re-election easily - and enough of a maverick with close Republican friends to be an occasional irritant to his Democratic party leaders. Before the Senate, his political home from 1977 to 2001, he served two Democratic presidents and two Republicans, finishing his career in the executive branch as President Richard M. Nixon's ambassador to India and President Gerald R. Ford's ambassador to the United Nations."

Memorial for Charles Ruff

There will be a Memorial for Charles Ruff, President Clinton's attorney who recently passed away. It will be held on Saturday, December 16th at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC. Service will be held at 10:30 am and seating needs to be planned for 10am due to security. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations go to Swarthmore College payable as: Charles F. C. Ruff '60 District of Columbia Scholarship Fund, c/o Susan Levin, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, Pa 19081.

Rep. Julian Dixon (CA) Dies at 66

"Steady as a rock. Dependable. Friendly. You could always go to him for help. He's loved in California. This comes as a great blow. I'm going to miss him," said Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.