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Analysis: Obituary

In Michael Russo's article on the life and death of Edina native Bill Nyrop, Russo uses an unconventional lead by relating the life of the obituary subject to his own life and the present day, turning the article into a timely yet personal piece. This lead functions for this purpose, though not entirely in the function of explaining Bill Nyrop's life story (which the article takes seven paragraphs to get to). The obituary is substantially different from a resume because the obit explains Nyrop's life in stories that represent his character, while not addressing details about his life. Russo uses many sources in the article, including himself, Nyrop's father, Minnesota Wild GM Doug Risebrough, and Lou Nanne.

Michael Russo. http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/36762859.html?elr=KArksUUUU