Obituaries

4:53am

Mon September 30, 2013
Arts & Life

Book News: Marcella Hazan, Italian Cookbook Author, Dies

Marcella Hazan and her husband, Victor, in the kitchen of their home in Longboat Key, Fla.
Laura Krantz NPR

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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12:37pm

Fri September 20, 2013
World

Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo's Visionary President, Dies

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 1:08 pm

Hiroshi Yamauchi (left), with the founder of Kyocera, Kazuo Inamori, in 2000.
AFP/Getty Images

For those of us of a certain age, Hiroshi Yamauchi brings fond memories of childhood triumph. His name was always in the end credits of Nintendo games during the company's heyday in the '80s and '90s.

Yamauchi, who was president of Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, re-imagined the Kyoto-based firm from a playing-card company to a pioneer in the video game industry. Yamauchi died Thursday at age 85.

David Sheff, author of Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered The World, says Yamauchi was a ruthless business man who, nonetheless, had a knack for picking talent.

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8:13am

Fri September 20, 2013
Business

Joy Covey, Who Was Key To Amazon.com's Success, Dies

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 8:24 am

"Joy Covey, who helped take Amazon.com Inc. public as the Internet retailer's chief financial officer, died Wednesday when her bicycle collided with a van on a downhill stretch of road in San Mateo County," the Los Angeles Times writes.

She was 50.

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12:07pm

Wed September 4, 2013
Planet Money

The Nobel Laureate Who Figured Out How To Deal With Annoying People

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:22 pm

"I've been wrong so often I don't find it extraordinary at all," Ronald Coase told us last year.
University of Chicago

Update, Sept. 4: We added the audio for David Kestenbaum's radio obituary of Ronald Coase.

If you created the world as a simple economic thought experiment, companies wouldn't exist. Instead, everybody would work for themselves, and they'd be constantly selling their labor (or the fruits of their labor, or use of their tools, or whatever) to the highest bidder. Wages would rise and fall every day (every hour! every second!) depending on supply and demand. That's how the market works, after all.

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5:44am

Sun September 1, 2013
World

British Journalist And TV Personality Sir David Frost Dies At 74

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 5:20 pm

Sir David Frost arrives at London's Downing Street in April 2009.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Veteran British journalist and broadcaster Sir David Frost has died from a suspected heart attack while aboard a luxury cruise ship. He was 74.

The Guardian and The Daily Mail both report that Frost was giving a speech aboard the Queen Elizabeth II, en route from Southampton to Lisbon, when he collapsed.

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