Category Archives: RIP

Baseball on the Radio

I had one of those busy nights last Tuesday. I was shuttling my kids, my Mom & Tia around from nightfall on. The next to next to last stop was to pick up a friend on our way to a … Continue reading

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Charlie Wilson’s War and Pat Hingle, RIP

Don’t read if you intend to see the movie, Charlie Wilson’s War. This Boston Globe editorial accurately summarizes a lesson which the creators of Charlie Wilson’s War attempt to make. Toward the end of “Charlie Wilson’s War,” a CIA officer … Continue reading

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Charlie Brown Meets the Luftwaffe Pilot

The title of this post sounds like an Oktoberfest cartoon. Not even close. I didn’t have to hunt for the obituaries today, the Miami Herald had the good sense to place Charlie Brown’s obituary— written by Charles Rabin–on the front … Continue reading

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Dying to Read Obituaries

I have an unmorbid interest in obituaries. How to summarize a life. God, they were my age! People who served as volunteers seem most content. One of the pleasures [and dangers] of living in the web age in the US–or … Continue reading

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Sydney Pollack, RIP

I was reminded recently that Sydney Pollack, one of the great film director’s passed away in 2008. A couple of my favorite movie scenes ever involved him in Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman. He also had a great scene in Eyes … Continue reading

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, RIP

A great hero in the struggle against communism, or totalitarianism, has passed. I read Warning to the West, which was based on his speech at Harvard in 1978, and it had a great impact on me. Specifically, it sold me … Continue reading

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Pucho [Pero Why Not?] Fernandez, RIP

I don’t know how his material will hold up, but no matter. I will remember him fondly. Pucho ‘Cartucho’ Fernandez made my friend, fellow sports degenerate and current Herald Boxing writer, Santos Perez, laugh on literally hundreds of occasions in … Continue reading

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Tim Russert, Catholic – RIP

… what they know, you can learn. What you know, they’ll never understand. That quote perfectly captures the advantage I’ve always felt coming a lower-middle class background. Whenever someone passes unexpectedly, my thoughts run reflexively to my own mortality and … Continue reading

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William F Buckley Jr, Catholic – RIP

A great American and a very public and committed Catholic died today. Among the many people WFB inspired, was me. Watching him abuse Phil Donahue, led to me to watch him debate, a first for me, George McGovern. Which led … Continue reading

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