Dan Jenkin Dies and his daughter speaks to his legacy…
In addition to the New York Times OBIT linked to below, I read another great article in The Washington Post about Dan written by his daughter. I especially love her statement about fatherhood…
“So here’s the deal if you want a recipe for father worship, if you want kids who, when you are dying in the hospital, will race at 60 mph across town in search of the grape Popsicle you requested, just to please you one more time. Take your little girl or boy everywhere with you, even into bars. Do small, harmless things with them you shouldn’t, let them off easy and end every conversation with a laugh. But give them your God’s honest truth about what matters, and let them see you work.”
Dan Jenkins, a sportswriter whose rollicking irreverence enlivened Sports Illustrated’s pages for nearly 25 years and animated several novels, including “Semi-Tough,” a sendup of the steroidal appetites, attitudes and hype in pro football that became a classic of sports lit, died on Thursday in Fort Worth. He was 90.
Edward C. Nixon, the youngest and last surviving brother of former President Richard M. Nixon and a faithful guardian of his White House legacy, died on Wednesday in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle. He was 88.
While one woman recently used her obituary to blame Trump for hastening her death, another turned to comedy. This week the Hamilton Spectator in Hamilton, Canada, published the obituary for the late Sybil Hicks. Rather than list her age or cause of death — though it’s noted that she died “peacefully” with her eldest daughter by her side on the morning of Feb. 2 — the obituary makes a cremation joke and refers to her “loving husband” as “Horse’s A**.”
Fred Thompson, who founded a Brooklyn track club for girls and young women in 1963 and coached national and Olympic medalists as he championed the cause of female track-and-field athletes for a half-century, died on Tuesday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 85.
When most scientists were trying to make people use code to talk to computers, Karen Sparck Jones taught computers to understand human language instead. In so doing, her technology established the basis of search engines like Google.