52 McGs.. The Best Obituaries from Legendary New York Times by Robert McG. Thomas

By Robert McG. Thomas

Among his committed lovers, his items have been identified easily as McGs. With a "genius for illuminating that usually 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 kind and wit.

The big apple Times got numerous letters through the years from readers moved to tears or laughter through a McG. Eschewing often recognized topics, Thomas favorite unsung heroes, eccentrics, and underachievers, together with: Edward Lowe, the inventor of Kitty clutter ("Cat Owner's most sensible Friend"); Angelo Zuccotti, the bouncer at El Morocco ("Artist of the Velvet Rope"); and Kay Halle, a glamorous Cleveland division shop heiress who acquired 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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