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Shields, who Kept Meticulous Diary for Decades, Dies

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Shields, who Kept Meticulous Diary for Decades, Dies

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Shields, who Kept Meticulous Diary for Decades, Dies

Shields, who Kept Meticulous Diary for Decades, Dies

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The Rev. Robert Shields, the 89-year-old former English teacher and pastor who had been chronicling every five minutes of his life since 1972, died earlier this month.

He slept two hours at a time and wrote down his dreams. He saved nose-hair clippings and detailed his bodily fluid eliminations. He could not say why he did those things.

An excerpt from a story by independent producer David Isay about Shields is reprised.