Posts Tagged ‘obituary’

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Never take “No” for an answer

May 26, 2011

Let us all raise a glass:

Photo by Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times“Zounds, lad, no need to kill yourself now!” a phantom from the 19th century tells the central character in Dick Wimmer’s first novel, “Irish Wine,” reassuring the struggling artist that someday his paintings will hang in the Tate Gallery in London.

But while the fictional painter, Seamus Boyne, was dismayed because of a poorly received art exhibit and had parked his car on railroad tracks when he heard that ghostly voice, Mr. Wimmer was the epitome of persistence.

“He was never going to give up,” his son Ceo said. “Very driven.”

Mr. Wimmer, who after 25 years of submissions and more than 150 rejections finally got that book published — to very positive reviews — died on May 18 at his home in Agoura Hills, Calif., his son said. He was 74.

Saying that agents and publishers had spurned him 162 times, Mr. Wimmer laid claim to being the most-rejected published novelist in history. Finally, in 1989, “Irish Wine” was published by Mercury House.

(Via The New York Times; photo credit: Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times.)

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Arthur C. Clarke (1917 – 2008)

March 21, 2008

I am perhaps the last person on the planet who should attempt to eulogize the late Arthur C. Clarke, who departed the mortal experience earlier this week at the age of ninety.

I saw the movie. I remember reading “The Sentinel” in junior high. And I had an anthology from Famous Fantastic Mysteries that featured “Guardian Angel”, which would eventually become Childhood’s End.

And that’s it. The novels were always something I put off, part of that nebulous list of standards and classics I could always get around to reading. And certainly I still can, but I find myself, for my embarrassing illiteracy, lacking the appropriate words on this occasion of the passing of a literary and scientific luminary.

So you tell us. Memories, favorite stories, wild speculations … who and what was Arthur C. Clarke to you?

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