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Thread #111039   Message #2338353
Posted By: GUEST,AndyT
12-May-08 - 10:35 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Dick Rodgers, FSGW Institution (May 2008)
Subject: RE: Obit: Dick Rodgers, FSGW Institution (May 2008)
More about Dick Rodgers --
First, I became aware this morning that there is a difference between a "news obituary", which the Washington Post says is "a staff-written article that summarizes a person's life" based on information given to the W. Post, and is printed at no cost, and a "paid death notice", which the W. Post says costs $9.25 per line of text, minimum $131.75, which would cover up to 14 lines, plus a cost for any photo: $150 black and white; $185 color. I can easily pay or share in paying for the cost of a "paid death notice" and photo. Before I assume the important responsibility of providing info to the W. Post for a "news obituary", I want to give first chance to Charlie Baum or Dottie Hurley, and I've left messages on the voice mail of each, and I'm now waiting for either or both to contact me.
Second, there may be a problem getting into the apartment where Dick lived, which I understand was rented, not owned, and I assume the next rent is due June 1. When Dick entered the hospital, apparently the only person whom he gave information about as a relative or friend to contact in an emergency turned out to be himself, so it's uncertain whether anyone other than the landlord has the right to enter his apartment. He had been estranged for several years from his only relative, his sister, so it's uncertain how to contact her or whether she is still living. Dick's remains will probably be cremated, and not sent to a funeral home, so his death can probably be verified only by calling the hospital where he died. Dick lived in Laurel, MD, where I met him in front to go with him to the Old Songs Festival in 2006, and more recently to drive him around to look for a used car to buy. Dick apparently didn't have much money, but I would think there is much in his apartment home of value related to folklore and folk music.
    I want to be helpful as possible, and you can contact me by email at AndrewTeter (at) aol.com, or by phone at 301-565-9137.
    Andrew Teter (Andy)