"Sheila Shea, who died in 1986 of cancer at age 43, is remembered by her friends as a warm, fun-loving person. She had worked in the accounting department of a Cambridge, Massachusetts, company and had arranged and paid for a dinner for her friends after her funeral. And, as a last laugh, she had her tombstone in the historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord inscribed: "Who The Hell Is Sheila Shea"
But some members of the Concord Cemetery Committee are not amused. "The cemetery really isn't a place to make a statement, it is a place of memorial," Committee President Mary Elizabeth Baker said. The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery has a "national reputation" to maintain, she pointed out, because it holds the remains of such luminaries as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Some Concord officials believed the word "hell" is obscene and have pushed to have Shea's tombstone removed. Nancy Griffin, executor of Shea's will, vows to fight. "No matter what Sheila's reasons were, a person has a right to freedom of speech, dead or alive," Griffin said."
Los Angeles Times
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.