By Robert McG. Thomas
Among his committed enthusiasts, his items have been recognized easily as McGs. With a "genius for illuminating that typically ephemeral apogee in people's lives after they turn out able to producing a brightly burning spark" (Columbia Journalism Review), Robert McG. Thomas Jr. honored attention-grabbing, unconventional lives with signature variety and wit.
The ny Times obtained numerous letters through the years from readers moved to tears or laughter by means of a McG. Eschewing ordinarily well-known topics, Thomas favourite unsung heroes, eccentrics, and underachievers, together with: Edward Lowe, the inventor of Kitty clutter ("Cat Owner's top Friend"); Angelo Zuccotti, the bouncer at El Morocco ("Artist of the Velvet Rope"); and Kay Halle, a glamorous Cleveland division shop heiress who obtained sixty-four marriage proposals ("An Intimate of Century's Giants"). in a single of his vintage obituaries, Thomas defined Anton Rosenberg as a "storied someday artist and low musician who...
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The gifts continued after they settled on his ranch, which she recalled had 20 hands and two cooks. He also regaled his wife with stories of his childhood as a slave, so impressing her that she turned them into a book, “From Slavery to Affluence: Memoirs of Robert Anderson, Ex-Slave,” which was published privately in 1927. After her husband’s death, Miss Daisy, who said she had been spoiled by his generosity, became such a spendthrift that she soon lost the farm in the Depression. , and eventually acquiring a 10-acre farm in nearby Strawberry Park, where she raised geese and chickens, kept a garden, ran a restaurant with a sister and worked as a guide.
You first read them with your morning coffee, or on the subway, or waiting for the computer to boot up—always while you were moving headlong into another day of busy and ordinary life. And yet they stuck, to the mind and heart. During the last half of the 1990 s, the obits became a must-read for thousands of New Yorkers who let the latest doings of Bill Clinton and Rudy Giuliani wait a few minutes, until they had found out what Charles McCartney (“Known for Travels with Goats”) and Angelo Zuccotti (“Artist of the Velvet Rope”) had been up to all their lives.
Is still the life of it. T HOMASM ALLON EDITOR’S NOTE My efforts to get this little book published were for the most part selfish. My clippings ofNew York Timesobituaries written by Robert McG. Thomas Jr. were unorganized and disintegrating. Some were tucked into books, several sat in various desk drawers, others rested on my kitchen table yellowing next to a stack of bills. One summer day, I found a well-worn obit of Patsy Southgate in the glove box of my old Cutlass and reread it with delight while passing through a car wash.