exordia

"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"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"

Wes Blomster

Classical music critic -- via the Boulder Daily Camera.

Dragan Klaic

Theatre scholar and cultural commentator -- via the Guardian.

Ian Kemp

Musicologist and scholar -- via the Telegraph.

Paul Kirby

Nashville guitarist and singer -- via Billboard.

Brooke Ostrander

Keyboardist -- via samessenger.com. He started the band Rainbow with Chaim Witz and Stanley Eisen; later they became Wicked Lester. Finally Ostrander quit, becoming a studio musician and music educator. His bandmates? They changed their names to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, and the band changed its name to Kiss.

"Country" Johnny Mathis

Singer and songwriter -- via the Tennessean.