One Page, Three Lives

December 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM | Posted in Great People, Opera, Paris, Wine | Leave a comment
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It is true that there is sometimes sadness in paging through the obituaries but most often there is the feeling of “Hats Off” for lives well led. I hit the trifecta on one page of the NY Times of December 15th, 2011.

Three stories are told of men who lived a long time and made something of a passion, which is the best thing to make something of.

Anthony Amato, 91, Owner of Feisty Opera: I’ve previously written about Amato and his famous little opera company, the 107 seat Amato Opera Theatre that he founded with his wife in 1948 and that closed only two years ago, in 2009.

George Whitman, Paris Bookseller and Cultural Beacon, is Dead at 98: “George Whitman, the American-born owner of Shakespeare & Company, a fabled English-language bookstore on the Left Bank in Paris and a magnet for writers, poets and tourists for close to 60 years, died on Wednesday in his apartment above the store. He was 98.” Who has heard of Shakespeare or been to Paris or wondered if this is the same bookstore that published Joyce and would not want to read further?

Robert Lawrence Balzer, 99, Wine Writer: How could I not have heard of him?

The beauty of my Times on-lawn is that they all appeared on one page!

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