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Economy With Words

Douglas Legler, 85, of Fargo, N.D., died, and his obituary in the Fargo Forum said it all: “Doug Died.” That’s the entire text of the obit. “He said over and over, when I die I want my obituary to just say ‘Doug Died’,” reports his daughter, Janet Stoll. When her father would read obits, they “would say ‘he was the president of this, a director of this’, and Dad would say, ‘What, couldn’t they hold down a job?’” Stoll admits her dad did have several jobs, including driver, vending machine repairman, and farm equipment painter. He also liked to sing, “and took the occasional trip to the casino.” (RC/Fargo Forum) ...Ah, so the real reason is, obituaries are charged by the word.
Original Publication Date: 05 July 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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