"By writing or reading obituaries, we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others."
Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"

"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'"
John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Wade Mainer

The "grandfather of bluegrass" -- via the Washington Post. A vital link between the pre- and post-commercial country music scene.“'What we was playin’ in the ’30s was true country music — no electric instruments, no copyrights,' he once said. 'Something’d happen and someone’d write a song about it — nobody owned it, nobody’d know who wrote it. The music just told a story.'"