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An Unusual NYTimes Magazine Obituary

Posted by lisagbrown on January 6, 2008


It’s not unusual for the New York Times Magazine to publish a December article on the notable deaths of the past year. 2007, however, marks a significant change in the subject of those obituaries … or perhaps I ought to say species. In the December 30th, 2007 issue of the magazine, animal columnist Charles Siebert published a touching tribute to two of the most memorable contributors to communication studies: Alex the parrot and Washoe the chimp. With respect and admiration, he honors their place of distinction in our human sciences, while acknowledging the imposition we humans placed on them. His obituary is entitled: “The Communicators.

2 Responses to “An Unusual NYTimes Magazine Obituary”

  1. Kathryn and Ari said

    Hi! I found your blog on the Planetary site, and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for these very important postings.

  2. Amy said

    I just read the Siebert’s obituary. Astounding. A kind tribute. His reverence for the deceased pair was intriguiging…

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