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"

Martin Poll

Film producer -- via the L.A. Times. Responsible for films such as "The Lion in Winter" and "Love and Death," he was also instrumental in making New York City industry-friendly in terms of location shooting -- restoring filmmaking to the region.