WHO@ Newsletter - December 12, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man sends funny greeting card posthumously

Friends of a deceased advertising executive from Pittsburgh say they got an unexpected holiday greeting from him.

"Hello, please don't call. I recently moved to a quiet neighborhood and ...," read the front of the card from Bob McCully, who died in August at age 88. Inside the card was a photo of the gates of Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville, where McCully was buried alongside his wife, with the message "My new place doesn't have a phone and our gates close after dark."

"It was the strangest feeling getting that card. It was almost eerie. But when I opened it, I laughed out loud. It was the ultimate Christmas card," David Newell, a longtime friend of McCully's, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

McCully, Ketchum Inc.'s former director of communications and advertising, had sent out humorous Christmas cards over the years, each having a different theme.

"It was dark humor, but it was very funny," Newell said of the latest card. "It had a certain whimsy that took the darkness away. Bob certainly got the last laugh."

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

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The supreme court in the US state of Arkansas has thrown out a death row inmate's murder conviction because a juror tweeted during court proceedings. Erickson Dimas-Martinez's attorneys appealed against his 2010 murder conviction because a juror used Twitter despite the judge's instruction not to post on the internet or communicate with anyone about the case. The lawyers complained that another juror slept.

Is Your Child a Cyberstalker? - 12/08/11
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Franklin cyberstalking arrest - 12/08/11
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