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The Versatile Pat Morita

The Versatile Pat Morita


Most Americans first met Pat Morita when he played diner owner Arnold on "Happy Days" for the show's first season. It proved a great introduction to an actor who would enjoy a versatile career. Morita excelled in comedic roles like Arnold as well as in more dramatic ones, as when he played the mystical and wise karate teacher, Mr. Miyagi, in "The Karate Kid" and three sequels. It was a career that came only after hardship – Morita had tuberculosis as a young child and was often confined to a full-body cast. Later in his childhood, California-born Morita and his family were sent to a Japanese internment camp for the duration of World War II. The young talent rose above the trials of his youth to become first a successful standup comedian and then one of the most memorable and beloved Asian-American actors of all time. We're remembering Morita's versatility as we watch some of our favorite clips from his movies and TV shows.

The Kennedy-Huxley-Lewis Connection

The Kennedy-Huxley-Lewis Connection


After an assassin's bullets killed President John F. Kennedy Nov. 22, 1963, all other world news seemed muffled. The handsome politician, just 46 years old, drew the biggest headlines because his death was dramatic and public, leaving his widow soaked with his blood and his small children fatherless. Perhaps that's why the deaths of two other well-known men that day were pushed aside.

The Highest U.S. Military Honor

The Highest U.S. Military Honor


The Congressional Medal of Honor recognizes "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty" in the U.S. armed forces. Dating back to the Civil War, the medal is the highest honor for American military, and has been awarded to 3,450 people in the 153 years since its creation. As new conflicts arise around the globe, American servicemen and women continue to display the courage and valor that are hallmarks of the Medal of Honor. See some of their stories here, and learn more about the Medal of Honor in the news.

What to Say – and Not Say – to the Bereaved

When someone you care about is grieving, it's hard to find the right words. Learn how to write a condolence note and get tips on providing comfort and support in times of loss.
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What You Need to Know Before the Funeral

Get expert advice on funeral and memorial service planning, funeral customs in different faiths, what to wear to a funeral, and more.
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How to Write an Obituary or Eulogy

Writing an obituary or eulogy can be a daunting task, but our experts are here to help. Get advice on what (and who) to include in the obituary, how to write a meaningful eulogy, and more.
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2014 Remembering celebrities who died and the year's notable deaths
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Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Paying tribute to U.S. veterans of the Iraq-Afghan wars
Remember 9/11 Memorial Site
Remember 9/11 Honoring those we lost on Sept. 11, 2001