Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Death, Oh, Death

I'm going away for a few days but didn't want to leave without mentioning a couple of deaths that affected me. The first was the science fiction writer Octavia Butler, a very important writer in the science fiction community and well-respected in the black community. Octavia was only 58, much to young to die. She fell and hit her head, was not found for several hours and apparently had a blood clot. She will be missed.

The other person was Dana Reeve, the wife of Christopher Reeve and the founder and pillar of The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. We attended the World Science Fiction in England the year that Reeve starred in Superman, the movie. Reeve also attended the convention and was very friendly, allowed people to be photographed with him and generally hung out. After becoming paralyzed from being thrown from a horse, he and Dana did a fantastic job with the foundation, helping paralyzed people, funding research and generally publicizing the plight of paralyzed people and what they still have to offer. Dana died of cancer. I feel great sorrow for their son, only thirteen years old.


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