Obits are never dead

So much has happened in the 6+ years since I left USA TODAY for the digital world and beyond. But Sunday, with the news that Nancy Reagan had left for the Great Beyond, it was, as a great New York sage once said, deja vu all over again.

That’s because, as any journalist knows, advance obits never get old as long as their subjects stick around. Thus, yesterday saw the publication of another of the first ladies whose legacy it was my job to distill before I moved from what we once called “The Nation’s Newspaper” on to other journalistic pastures.

I think it holds up well. What do you think of “Nancy Reagan, protector of former president’s legacy, dies at 94?”

 

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