Jourgensen: A peephole-view of lives well lived

Back when I got started in newspapers, obituary writing was boot camp for young reporters, and you sank or survived based on your ability to distinguish “grew up” from “born in” and knowing what BPOE stands for.  Obituaries were carefully-constructed, detail-laden, rule-driven writing that never deviated from an established formula guaranteeing the well-known and the…

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