Correction: Frederick N. Rasmussen’s Perdue obituary also went over Frank’s, um, creative driving.
Frank Perdue picked the wrong weekend to die if he wanted to go out with all eyes on him. Not many chances for in-depth coverage when you’re competing with a pontiff and a political football. But I managed to round up a few obits and such worth reading.
First off, while Perdue did a lot of good in the Lower Shore, he also did a lot of harm: to the environment, to unions, to billions of chickens, to our health, to speed limits (and one dead Pennsylvania motorist). So before checking out the white-washes, read GoVeg.com/PETA’s anti-obit, which notes that Perdue “was responsible for developing many of the notoriously cruel techniques used in modern chicken factory farming,” and that he “confessed before the President?s Committee on Organized Crime that he had called upon New York mobsters to break up strike efforts by unionized employees.” Not exactly the wholesome image you get from the old commercials, eh?
The only obit I could find that mentioned Perdue’s involvement in a 1974 fatal traffic accident in Pennslyvania, and general proclivity for moving violations, was The Washington Post‘s. Some other national stories include The New York Times‘ and NPR’s.
The Sun, somewhat surprisingly, didn’t do much. Besides for Frederick N. Rasmussen’s obit, all I could find was Meredith Cohn’s story on Perdue’s TV commercials and business practices and a completely softball editorial.
The Salisbury Daily Times, on the other hand, was all over the story. Although nary a critical word was heard, this suite of stories do demonstrate how important Perdue was in Salisbury and the Lower Shore.