People We Lost in 2013


I scanned CNN’s list of 100 people who passed on in 2013.

I was reminded I wrote four obits in 2013:

Dick Newick, naval architect with a specialty in sailing trimarans.

Paolo Soleri, ecological architect

Ed Lyman, storyman.

Jack Gilbert, Poetryman.

We also lost Nelson Mandela, whose name and persona will live in history as long as anyone of this generation.



Maggie Thatcher

Peter O’Toole, I saw him in Theater in the Round in Philadelphia 50 years ago.

David Frost, who got Richard Nixon to admit he let down the American people and secured Frost his 15 minutes of fame

Eydie Gorme, the iconic torchy singer. “Guess who I saw today, my dear.”

Elmore Leonard ,  “Nobody edits ME.”

Jonathon Winters, a funny man who never used a four-letter word on stage.

Stan Musial, a baseball superstar before the word was coined.

Roger Ebert, together again with Gene Siskel.

There were more, but this is the list of people I wept for.  Who is on your list that I missed?


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Writer (of stories, journals, email dialogues), Reader (of books written by friends, recommended by friends, and works-in-progress of friends), Hiker (never met a trailhead I didn't like), Biker (more scenery for the buck than hiking) and lately, Blogger (about my Year on the Road at
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6 Responses to People We Lost in 2013

  1. David L says:

    Except for personal friends, I am inclined to honor with my attention those still remaining.

  2. Colleen Rae says:

    Nelsn Mandela, a great man, will be greatly missed. I’ll miss James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Ester Williams, one of my first heroines, Van Cliburn, Lou Reed with the sexy voice, Another of my first heroines, Maria Tallchief: prima ballerina of the NY City Ballet. She was a wonderful dancer and a full-blooded Native American. I’ll miss them all.

    • allevenson says:

      Thanks, Colleen

      Several that would have made my list were I not trying to keep it short.


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  3. Sandra Brewer says:

    Hi Al,
    I’m glad you’re still active, and on the air. Your choices are all at the top of my list too. I also wept for Patti Page on New Years day last year, Annette Funicello after several years with MS, Jean Stapleton who was the heart of the family, and Phil who was half of the Everly Brothers already in 2014.

  4. karen wittgraf says:

    Ah, yes- Nelson Mandela has got to be the most missed. Let’s hope that his non violence and change lives on. These are people that change lives- for the good. We can’t afford to lose their spirit.

  5. Linda Brown says:

    I thought you were writing about lost CWC members: Dorcas Moyer, Debbie Frisch, and Charlie Russell.

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