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Grave Concerns
Steve Rushin
October 25, 2004
Thirty minutes north of New York City is another vast metropolis--a vast necropolis--comprising four contiguous cemeteries. Among the permanent residents of this gated community are icons of villainy (James Cagney) and valor (Billie Burke, who played Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, in The Wizard of Oz). Dorothy Kilgallen, if she weren't already here, could have filled her gossip column with the boldfaced names inscribed on these headstones: Danny Kaye, Tommy Dorsey, Rube Goldberg, David Sarnoff. This is where Rachmaninoff stopped composing and started decomposing.
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October 25, 2004

Grave Concerns

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On Monday morning, when the Sox finally did beat the Yankees, fans filing out of Fenway at 1:45 a.m. spotted--and thanked profusely-- Nelson de la Rosa, the 28-inch actor who has become the talisman of Pedro Martinez. The danger is that all these superstitions create a self-fulfilling prophesy. Sox fans, finding omens in everything, are responsible for the Hub's October famine.

Speaking of The Hub's October Famine, it's an anagram. Did you notice? For "The Curse of the Bambino."

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