Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

July 17, 2008

OLIVE RILEY, 108

Said to be the world's oldest blogger

An Australian woman who was promoted as the world's oldest blogger has died, two weeks after making her last post about "singing a happy song," her great-grandson and her online forum said.

Olive Riley wrote 74 entries in her blogs: first, www.allaboutolive.com.au; and later at worldsoldestblogger.blogspot.com. A friend introduced her to blogging early in 2007, and she was hooked.

She "passed peacefully on Saturday, July 12," a posting on her Web site said. No cause of death was given. "She will be mourned by thousands of Internet friends and hundreds of descendants and other relatives."

She entered a nursing home in Woy Woy, 50 miles north of Sydney, last month, where she blogged about having a bad cough and feeling weak.

In her last entry, on June 26, she thanked supporters for "a whole swag of e-mails and comments from my Internet friends" and described meeting a new friend in the bed next to her.

"She and I sang a happy song, as I do every day, and before long we were joined by several nurses, who sang along too. It was quite a concert!" she posted.

Great-grandson Darren Stone said she loved being able to stay in touch with correspondents all over the world and said she believed it kept her mind active.

ARTHUR WEINSTEIN, 60

New York nightclub enterpreneuer

In the glittery, manic, often ostentatiously naughty 1970s and 1980s, Arthur Weinstein was king of the night. His kingdom was a new breed of nightclubs that transcended disco balls, tired formulas and strobe lights to become ultra-hip destinations for those deemed worthy of entering.

He died July 9 in Manhattan at the age of 60. His wife, Colleen, said the cause was head and neck cancer.

Months before the celebrated Studio 54 opened, in April 1977, people with first names like Calvin and Bianca were frequenting Hurrah, a club at Broadway and 62nd Street that Mr. Weinstein and his partners owned.

Mr. Weinstein later opened illegal after-hours clubs downtown that mixed the fashionable and the young and artistic.

Mr. Weinstein's position as an after-hours outlaw led to his paying bribes to police officers and then, under threat of federal prosecution, to wearing a hidden microphone to catch rogue officers.

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