By Robert McG. Thomas
Among his committed enthusiasts, his items have been recognized easily as McGs. With a "genius for illuminating that typically ephemeral apogee in people's lives once they turn out in a position to producing a brightly burning spark" (Columbia Journalism Review), Robert McG. Thomas Jr. honored attention-grabbing, unconventional lives with signature kind and wit.
The ny Times obtained numerous letters through the years from readers moved to tears or laughter via a McG. Eschewing commonly recognized matters, Thomas favorite unsung heroes, eccentrics, and underachievers, together with: Edward Lowe, the inventor of Kitty muddle ("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 low musician who...
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Friends said the cause was heart failure during treatment for an aneurysm. Despite a half century in which he regularly broke into hotel rooms to catch errant spouses and cheerfully represented the most disreputable clients, Mr. Lipset was widely credited with transforming the once seedy gumshoe calling into a respected profession. But then Mr. Lipset was a detective with a difference, a private eye who shunned the hard-boiled Sam Spade image, except for occasional effect, and took as his fictional role model Perry Mason’s right-hand man, Paul Drake.
Lipset received his training as an Army investigator in Europe in World War II, then settled in San Francisco, where he and his wife, Lynn, opened an agency in 1947. Mr. Lipset used a wire recorder from the beginning, but it was the introduction of transistors in the 1950’s that gave him the vision that would make him famous. Working closely with an electronics expert, Ralph Bersche, Mr. Lipset let his imagination run wild, once winning over a skeptical prospective client by playing a recording of a conversation they had had while sitting naked in a steam room.
Friends said the cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disorder. Mr. Rankin, a lifelong Salt Lake City resident, passed up college to help support his divorced mother and became a successful real estate broker and promoter. He was a hard-driving, hard-drinking businessman whose ventures included assembling the real estate parcel for the Salt Palace convention center. But for all his business success, it was not until after he had stopped drinking, developed AIDS and been forced to give up his profession that Mr.
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