Sunday's New York Times lists names of 1000 victims of COVID-19

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2020

In the United States, just over 96,000 people died from coronavirus as of Sunday morning.

Dan Barry, a veteran writer for The Times, has an essay inside the paper about "The Human Toll" of the pandemic to date. "We knew that there should be some way to try to reckon with that number". The list, which only represents about 1% of those reported to have died from the coronavirus, shares the memories of people like Landon Spradlin, 66, a "preacher and blues guitarist", and Sandra Santos-Vizcaino, 54, a "beloved public school teacher".

PS: It recalled for one reader the Life magazine project in 1969 to illustrate with photo and name all those who died in Vietnam in one week, which happened to include Memorial Day.

Alain Delaquérière, a researcher at the paper, combed through a bunch of online newspapers to find obituaries where the cause of death was listed as COVID-19.

Tom Bodkin, its principal imaginative police officer, claimed the all-text therapy referenced very early paper layouts, yet that he cannot bear in mind an additional front page without a photo in his 40 years at the paper.

"Theresa Elloie, 63, New Orleans, renowned for her business making detailed pins and corsages ..."

Also: "Myles Coker, 69, New York City, freed from life in prison", "Ruth Skapinok, 85, Roseville, Calif., backyard birds were known to eat from her hand", and "Jordan Driver Haynes, 27, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, generous young man with a delightful grin".

"Coby Adolph, 44, Chicago, entrepreneur and adventurer ..."

The end result, she added, was a "rich tapestry" which she never could have made on her own.

Marc Lacey, National editor, had warned Tom Bodkin, chief creative officer of The Times, that the milestone was coming. The 1,000 people here reflect just l percent of the toll.

In a choice the paper claimed was planned to communicate the enormity as well as range of the catastrophe, the front page is a straightforward checklist of names as well as individual information extracted from obituaries around the United States. For many years after The Times started publishing in 1851, there were no headlines, in the modern sense. The list continues on page 22. But mostly there are names.

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