R.I.P., Charles Einstein and Jay Kennedy

Back in the '80s, I once met Charles Einstein when my mom was working with him at a New York PR outfit. While he was very personable, my greater appreciation of Einstein came later while delving into The Fireside Book of Baseball, of which he edited four volumes. It's a great book for baseball fans, containing such gems as "Hub fans bid kid adieu," John Updike's classic New Yorker account of Ted Williams's last game (as many of us know, the Splendid Splinter, in poetic form, hit a home run in his last at-bat, in a mostly empty Fenway Park.)

Einstein, who died earlier this month at age 80, was a very accomplished guy: he wrote for the dailies in San Francisco from 1958-1970, and his 1979 book about Willie Mays, Willie's Time: Baseball's Golden Age, about Willie Mays, was a Pulitzer finalist.

Jay Kennedy an editor at King Features Syndicate who helped to revive Prince Valiant, according to his obit in the Times, was only 50 when died last week in a drowning accident in Costa Rica. Kennedy, by all accounts, was a lover of comics -- and we need more people like him, particularly in an era when newspapers keep shrinking their funnies. 

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