I am looking at Parade Magazine's issue whose cover story is
We say goodbye to the stars we lost in 2021.
The date on the magazine is Dec 19-26. Betty White is not in it. Neither is Bishop Tutu. Why not? Maybe they did not die in 2021. No, that's not it. They died after the magazine appeared. They also won't be in the issue a year from now which has cover story
We say goodbye to the stars we lost in 2022.
Why do magazines and TV shows have their end-of-the-year stuff before the end of the year? Because they want to beat the competition? Because they all do it, so its a race-to-the-bottom? Tradition?
This blog does the same--- we already posted our end-of-the-year post. Every year I worry that someone will prove P=NP or P NE NP between Dec 24 and Jan 1. We don't have the Betty-White-Problem since the end-of-the-year post is based on when we blogged about it, not when it happened. So if theorist X died on Dec 27 then we would do the blog obit in Jan, and would mention it in the end-of-the-year post for the next year. (This happened with Martin Kruskal who died on Dec 26, 2006.)
Why do we have our end-of-the-year post before the end of the year? Tradition! That might not be a good reason.
ADDED LATER: Ken Regan in the comments points out that Betty White DID die in 2022 if you use AWE: Anywhere on Earth!
This leads to the following question:
a) If a celebrity dies on Dec 31 but its Jan 1 in some time zones then do they get to be in the
WE SAY GOODBYE TO THE STARS
articles for the Jan 1 year?
b) Is there a general rule on this? I doubt it and I doubt it comes up a lot. I noticed that celebrities dying between Dec 24 and Dec 31 don't make those lists about 20 years ago, and I have never seen a Dec 31 case before, though I am sure there have been some.
c) Note that this `bad to die in that zone' really only applies to minor celebrities. Betty White and Desmond Tutu did get proper attention when they died.