Friday, March 23, 2012

Concurrent Passings

The obituary page of the Los Angeles Times has a column called "Passings" in which it notes the deaths of notables not quite notable enough to warrant an obituary column. Today's paper had only two entries and they complemented one another quite nicely.

Murray Lender died at the age of 81, having achieved fame for developing the eponymous Lender's Bagels, the first packaged bagel in the United States. Many Americans who would never otherwise have seen a bagel were introduced to this baked treat through his work.

Although his name is less well known, Samuel Glazer died at the age of 89. Mr. Glazer invented the Mr. Coffee, the first American drip coffee maker designed for use in the home.

Memorial services will be held Saturday and Sunday morning this week in millions of homes throughout the country, accompanied by cream cheese and lox and milk and sugar. Feel free to hold one for yourselves.

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