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"

Arthur Johnson

Civil rights leader -- via the Detroit News.

Rijk de Gooyer

Actor, writer, comedian and singer -- via Dutch News. Part of the comedy team of Johnny and Rijk.

Walter Norris

Jazz pianist and composer -- via artsjournal.com/rifftides.

Mohan Raghavan

Screenwriter and director -- via The Hindu.

Morio Kita aka Sokichi Saito

Novelist, essayist and psychiatrist -- via House of Japan.

John Makin aka Mister John

Singer-songwriter -- via the Telegraph. Best known for his novelty song "Potverdekke!"

Ruby Burman Cohn

Theater scholar and the one who "discovered" Samuel Beckett -- via the New York Times.

Tom Donovan

TV director -- via Variety.

Lloyd "Tommy" Doss

Musician -- the last of the legendary Sons of the Pioneers -- via Oregon Public Broadcasting. He replaced original baritone Bob Nolan, and sand with the group from 1949 to 1972. Their sound is an intergral part of my consciousness; you can hear them in John Ford's "Rio Grande," "The Searchers" and "Wagonmaster." A beautiful and essential part of the mythos and culture of the American West. My memory of the first film excerpt led me to name my first child Kathleen!


Bill Hale aka William Ely

Actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.