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"

Warren Stevens

Actor -- via the San Francisco Chronicle. Best remembered as Doc from "Forbidden Planet"; or, ifyou are a Trekkie, as Rojan in the original series episode "By Any Other Name."

Jerry "Boogie" McCain

Bluesman -- via the Gadsden, AL Times.





Giancarlo Cobelli

Actor, director and writer -- via ilsole24ore.com.


Wolfgang Rennert

Music director and conductor -- via Die Presse.

Larry Stevenson

Skateboard designer -- via the New York Times. He invented the kicktail!


Earl Scruggs

Bluegrass legend, banjo master -- via USA Today. I'm a lucky man -- I got to see him play.







Adrienne Rich

Poet -- via the Washington Post.

Wherever in this city, screens flicker
with pornography, with science-fiction vampires,
victimized hirelings bending to the lash,
we also have to walk . . . if simply as we walk
through the rainsoaked garbage, the tabloid cruelties
of our own neighborhoods.
We need to grasp our lives inseperable
from those rancid dreams, that blurt of metal, those disgraces,
and the red begonia perilously flashing
from a tenement sill six stories high,
or the long-legged young girls playing ball
in the junior highschool playground.
No one has imagined us. We want to live like trees,
sycamores blazing through the sulfuric air,
dappled with scars, still exuberantly budding,
our animal passion rooted in the city.

Milt Lee

Advocate for the poor and mentally ill -- via azcentral.com.

Al Ross

Cartoonist -- via the New York Times.



David L. Waltz

Pioneering computer scientist -- via the New York Times.

Irving Ludwig

Violinist, conductor and music director -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Adam Briesmeister

Actor, activist and substitute teacher -- via minnesota.cbslocal.com. He died saving his friends from a house fire.

Lonnie Wright

Former football and basketball player -- via the Denver Post.


Dennis Bennett

Former MLB pitcher -- via the Klamath Falls, OR Herald and News.

Warren Luening

Trumpeter -- via allboutjazz.com.

King Stitt aka Winston Sparkes

Reggae vocalist and DJ -- via the Jamaican Observer.

Polina Kadiyska

Dancer -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer.