Phil Rizzuto
Requiem: 2007 passings of note

Among the major notables who passed from the scene this year, three of the most famous -- two masters of cinema and a genius of football -- died on the same day: July 30. Two others -- a historic Russian leader and a U.S. chronicler of war -- left us on April 23. A giant of American letters and a groundbreaking black politician both died Nov. 10. The world of opera heard the last from the king of high Cs (Sept. 6) and a diva with a dazzling voice and personality (July 2). We said goodbye to a former first lady (July 11) but no former presidents. The NFL lost two young players (Jan. 1 and Nov. 27) in their prime. A wondrous cellist played his last note (April 27), as did a legendary...