"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"

Mel Shaw aka Melvin Schwartzman

Design artist for Disney ("Bambi," "The Rescuers," "Fantasia," "The Lion King") who also helped design the definitive Howdy Doody -- via the L.A. Times.