By Robert McG. Thomas
Among his committed fanatics, his items have been recognized easily as McGs. With a "genius for illuminating that typically ephemeral apogee in people's lives after they end up in a position to producing a brightly burning spark" (Columbia Journalism Review), Robert McG. Thomas Jr. honored interesting, unconventional lives with signature type and wit.
The long island Times acquired numerous letters through the years from readers moved to tears or laughter by means of a McG. Eschewing generally recognized topics, Thomas preferred 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 got 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 coffee musician who...
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However, providing protection against the cold was never the point of Kindly Gifts, as became apparent when those who received Mr. Rankin’s offerings responded with effusive expressions of gratitude far out of proportion to the utilitarian value of the scarves or hats they had received. As Mr. Rankin saw it, the recipients recognized what had been obvious to him from the beginning, that the handmade woolens turned out by a growing corps of dedicated volunteers had been touched by love. And so, as his friends came to see it, had everyone who came in contact with Mr.
Try to cut almost any of the pieces in this volume and you’ll be cutting, in more than one sense, into bone. One doubts, however, that this grand obituarist would have made a good book-length biographer. Like Hal Lipset, the electronic eavesdropper, Thomas was a natural miniaturist. Full-blown biography would have required him to situate, evaluate and categorize—to take the long, chronological view when he was so much inclined to the shapely, enthusiastic burst. Besides, he probably never would have finished the book.
Spy in World War II Robert McG. , 60, Chronicler of Unsung Lives FOREWORD It is amazing how many of these you will remember. 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.