July 18, 2012 4:18 pm at 4:18 pm #604156GetzelParticipant
Did the news websites etc…have Reb Eliyashiv’s passing articles prepared? they came out so quick full articles.July 18, 2012 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #886272WolfishMusingsParticipant
It’s a common practice in the news business to have obituaries written well ahead of time with blanks to be filled in for date/time of death and particular circumstances.
The plot of one of my favorite episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show revolves around a pre-prepared obituary that went wrong.
The WolfJuly 18, 2012 7:42 pm at 7:42 pm #886273rabbiofberlinParticipant
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”–hmmm…what is this, wolf? You mean…YOU MEAN…..YOU MEAN!!!!!! that you have a ……oy vey !July 18, 2012 9:54 pm at 9:54 pm #886274abba_murray_bar_popaParticipant
Will you resort to self flaggellation if I ask what pre-prepared means?July 18, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm #886275dash™Participant
News organizations always have biographies prepared of notable people availible for quick use.July 19, 2012 4:35 am at 4:35 am #886276147Participant
I have heard of someone whose doubled Matzeivo was inscribed with her name & praises when her husband died, so that when she dies, they just to add the death date.July 20, 2012 5:49 pm at 5:49 pm #886277WolfishMusingsParticipant
I have heard of someone whose doubled Matzeivo was inscribed with her name & praises when her husband died, so that when she dies, they just to add the death date.
That’s somewhat common as well. You often see that in cemeteries in New York where the second part of the stone is complete except for the date of death and age (if it was included on the stone).
One of the saddest things to see is a double stone with the second half not filled in and yet, you know, simply from the amount of time that has passed, that the second person is no longer alive. I’ve seen that a number of times as well.
The WolfJuly 20, 2012 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm #886278choppyParticipant
WolfishMusings: Why does that sadden you?July 20, 2012 8:56 pm at 8:56 pm #886279CRuzerParticipant
I had the same ha’arah. They want to get out the news as quick as possible, so there’s no way they would create whole articles and only then release the news. The first report of Harav Elyashiv’s petirah on YWN was quite long!July 21, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am #886280EnglishmanMember
I find it quite morbid that anyone has a prepared obituary on a living person.
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