This week Barbara Bush admitted she cancelled her New York Times subscription, making an aside about an obituary asking people to cancel their subscriptions. Well, in that very obituary Bush is talking about, yes, the family of a deceased man actually asks that you cancel your New York Times subscription in lieu of flowers.
Leonard Mason Smith passed away last November. The World War II veteran is portrayed as a very private person with very strong person views. Following the words about his life and his family, this passage stands out with its request on how people can pay their respects.
Leonard Smith hated pointless bureaucracy, thoughtless inefficiency and bad ideas born of good intentions. He loved his wife, admired and respected his children and liked just about every dog he ever met. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you cancel your subscription to The New York Times.
Leonard Smith would have thought that this obituary was about three paragraphs too long.
Well, how’s that for a request?
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