unfortunate editorial choices

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Fri Jan 21 03:29:18 UTC 2005

On Jan 20, 2005, at 9:08 AM, sagehen wrote:

>> from the 1/19/05 Palo Alto Daily News, p. 1 headline
>>   Prominent
>>   local hit by
>>   train, dies...
> ~~~~~~~~~~
> An old family friend, an historian at Stanford who lived in Menlo
> Park, met
> his death in just this manner, perhaps at the same level crossing, in
> 1953
> or 54.  I never heard a breath of suspicion that it was suicide.  He
> was
> totally deaf & the accident was attributed to that.

yes, we have these non-suicide deaths too, especially at grade
crossings with significant pedestrian traffic.  there are three of
these within walking distance (indeed, routes i often do walk) of my

in some cases, there's just no way to tell what happened.

today's PADN is being more cautious about robert pringle's death, in
any case.


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