I try to resist letting this blog slip into an obituary page. I think I've given a nod in the form of a post to Red Auerbach, Syd Barrett, Richard Pryor, and that might be it. I passed on James Brown, Gerald Ford, Robert Altman, Barbaro, and Desmond Dekker. I'm still mulling a Joseph Barbera post. I think I may have briefly mentioned Pat Morita.
Molly Ivins gets a post. The Texas firebrand journalist died last night after a battle with breast cancer. I can't say we had a more charming, witty, sweet, and passionate journalist fighting the good fight in the US.
Here's the statement/obituary from her paper, the Texas Observer, which I got from commondreams.org, where you'll no doubt find more tributes today and tomorrow.
"She remained cheerful despite Texas politics. She emphasized the more hilarious aspects of both state and national government, and consequently never had to write fiction. She said, 'Good thing we’ve still got politics — finest form of free entertainment ever invented.'"