Friday, June 11, 2004

According to my sister, famous people die in threes.

This week, many column inches have been spent on Ronald Reagan. In the coming days, many column inches will be spent on Ray Charles.

Not many will recognize the name of Robert Quine, who died at the age of 61 from a heroin overdose. Quine was sadly having difficulty dealing with the death of his wife months earlier. He played with the Voidoids and, more important for me personally, on Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend. Both he and Ray Charles helped me get through my first heartbreak. (Ronald Reagan not so much.)

Your passing may not get the attention it might otherwise receive were it not bookended by those of Ronald Reagan and Ray Charles, Mr. Quine, but you will be missed.