Resting Places: The Burial Sites of Over 7,000 Famous Persons

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This thorough and broad-ranging encyclopedia alphabetically lists numerous well-known people from film, theatre, radio and television as well as all varieties of music, sports, history, government, crime and popular culture. Each entry provides birth and death dates, a concise summary of the subject's life and claim to fame, and the location of the person's final resting place. Entries often include the exact location of a celebrity's grave within a cemetery as well as places of cremation and sites where ashes were scattered. Source information is also provided.

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Scott Wilson has a background in genealogical research and a bachelor's degree in history and social services from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (1976). He has written articles on film history for various periodicals, including Classic Images and The Freedonia Gazette. Wilson resides in Richmond, Indiana.

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This work offers more than the title indicates. The names of the famous are listed alphabetically, with sequential index numbers followed by birth and death dates, primary occupation or position, and accomplishments, including major publications and creative endeavors. Noteworthy stories or facts on the nature or cause of death may also be given. The location of each subject's remains is provided by cemetery, city, state, and, in some cases, lot number; if he or she was cremated, the disposition of the ashes is indicated. Despite the book's macabre nature, the narrative is lively and serves as a good, brief biographical resource. Wilson, who has long had an interest in U.S. history, cemeteries, and genealogy, does not indicate criteria for inclusion but concentrates on "persons in the arts who are situated on the West and East coasts of the United States, and in England and France." Also included are many easily recognized professional sports and political figures. Examples of the diverse coverage include listings for Donald DeFreeze (a.k.a. Cinque) and members of the Symbionese Liberation Army who abducted Patricia Hearst and were shot by police; the Marlboro Man (two actors who both died of lung cancer); and the location of former President George Bush's future internment on the grounds of his Presidential Library in College Station, TX. There are at least a half-dozen other sources devoted to where the famous are buried, some less serious than this work. One of the more comprehensive isArthur S. Koykka's Project Remember (LJ 8/86), a comparable work that includes 5300 entries (vs. Resting Place's 7000) and emphasizes 20th-century persons arranged by field of endeavor. Resting Places includes an extensive bibliography of individual biographies and biographical reference sources, other burial references, and even some web sites. A burial-place index by city and cemetery referring to index numbers rounds out this well-formatted and easily accessible resource. Suitable for academic and public libraries. Stanley P. Hodge, formerly with Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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