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|Genre/Form:||Quick Ref. Collection
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|Description:||560 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Gen-X Standouts --
Baby Boomer Icons --
Senior Memories --
Sports Heroes --
Television & Film Personalities --
Original Women --
Greats of Literature, Philosophy, & the Arts --
Heroes of Rock & Blues Music --
Popular Music Icons --
Famous Personalities & Infamous Newsmakers --
Notable Figures from History --
Appendix. How to Find Where Someone Is Buried.
|Other Titles:||Fitting ends and final resting places of the famous, infamous, and noteworthy|
"Their lives had an impact on the world -- and in death their significance still resonates. Within the pages of this entertaining and useful guide, you'll find all of the pertinent particulars about the lives, deaths, and final disposition of more than 450 historical and cultural icons." ""The locations of famous graves, and especially the puzzle of exactly how to find them, appealed to me as a kind of offbeat treasure hunt," admits the author of this remarkable compilation of final resting places. But as he became more deeply immersed in the process, he grew more philosophical about the endeavor: "The very human desire to 'live on' is affirmed by the importance and elaborateness of our cemeteries, our penchant for visiting and caring for them, and the universally accepted notion of 'respect for the dead.' Every tombstone, a kind of waypoint between life and death, confirms individuality. 'I was somebody, ' they seem to say."" "Tod Benoit's passion led him on a journey across the country and around the world in search of the gravesites, monuments, memorials, and tombstones of hundreds of our heroes and anti-heroes, people he considered to be the most significant influences on our lives and our culture. In order to share the results of his exploration and open doors for aspiring tombstone travelers everywhere, he has compiled this irresistibly browsable guide to the lives, deaths, and "permanent addresses" of more than 450 cultural icons from the worlds of sports, music, film, television, literature, politics, and other realms of human achievement. Within the pages of Where Are They Buried? you'll find criminals and crime-solvers, B-movie actors and baseball players, presidents and protesters, songbirds and lovebirds, comedians and con-men. Some rest in elaborate mausoleums, some slumber beneath modest headstones, and some have simply been scattered to the wind. (A few have even been shot into space.)" "In each case, Tod provides an informative and entertaining capsule biography full of little-known facts, a detailed description of the death and disposition of the remains, and very specific directions to the location and site of the grave. He even shares his secrets for finding where someone is buried, and for gaining access to some of the more private sites -- though his tone is always one of respect. As he says, "I've conscientiously maintained a model of decorum, and ... I trust you'll preserve this tradition." Where Are They Buried? is nothing less than a pop-cultural roadmap for anyone fascinated by celebrity, history, and travel. Book jacket."--Jacket.
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