exordia

"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"

Compost thou art, and to compost thou shalt return . . .

Swedish "promession" firm will freeze-dry your corpse, then crumble it up and spread it in the garden -- via UPI.

Trevor Bannister

Comic actor -- via the Sun. He wil be best remembered for his role as Mr. Lucas in the British sitcom, "Are You Being Served?"

Arthur Marx

Writer -- via deadline.com. His claim to fame might erroneously be seen as being the son of Groucho, but he was a talented and prolific writer, turning out books and writing for screen, radio and television.

Paul Kriwaczek

Historical writer and innovative television producer and director -- via the Guardian.

Lewis Binford

Archaeologist -- via The Hindu.

Lacy Gibson

Blues guitarist -- via Spinner.

Leslie Barringer

Street poet and former child actor -- via the Toronto Star.

Angela Scoular

Actress -- via the Telegraph.

Sachin Bhowmick

Screenwriter -- via Hindustan Times.

John Bottomley

Singer/songwriter -- via newswire.ca.

Ron Hickman

Designer and inventor -- via the Guardian. Two of his top creations are very different indeed -- the Lotus sports car and the Black & Decker Workmate!

Gerald A. Lawson

Video game pioneer -- via theroot.com. He invented the ROM game cartridge!

Peter Ruehl

Humor columnist -- via the Sydney Morning Herald.

Billy Bang aka William Vincent Walker

Jazz violinist and composer -- via NPR. One of the great exponents of free jazz.

Daniel Catan

Composer noted especially for his operas -- via the Bellingham Herald.

Adam Lusekelo

Journalist and humor columnist -- via ippmedia.

Murtaza Hassan aka Mastana

Comedic actor of stage and television -- via the Pakistan Times.

Don Merton

Conservationist -- via stuff.co.nz.

Stephen Watson

Poet -- via BOOK Southern Africa.

Donald Shanks

Bass-baritone -- via the Australian.

Pierre Gauvreau

Painter -- via Radio Canada.

Eddie Joost

Shortstop with the (Philadelphia) A's, Reds, Red Sox and the (Boston) Braves -- via philly.com. He was the oldest living player from a World Series-winning team, the 1940 Reds. He is mentioned in the famous, funny baseball jazz tune by Dave Frishberg, "Van Lingle Mungo."

Peter Stelzer

Actor and producer -- via legacy.com.

Sir Geoffrey Chandler

A pioneering advocate of ethical business principles -- via the Guardian.

Jess Osuna

Actor -- via legacy.com.

Richard Earl Patterson

Drummer, singer, tap dancer and musical archivist -- via the Ottowa Citizen.

Arthur Lessac

Voice and speech teacher -- via legacy.com. His first work? On the musical revue "Pins and Needles" from 1937!

Hedda Sterne

Artist who defied classification -- via the New York Times.

Roger S. Nichols aka The Immortal

Sound engineer and producer -- via audioz.info. He was the one to capture the sound of perfectionists Steeley Dan; he also worked extensively with John Denver. Who else did he record? the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Crosby Stills & Nash, Roy Orbison, Placido Domingo, Rickie Lee Jones, Mark Knopfler and many others. He went to high school with Frank Zappa -- they goofed around and recorded Frank's early music together.