Thursday, April 19, 2012
Sorry to see that Levon Helm has passed. In a world with a better perspective, he'd have a more prominent obituary than Dick Clark. Newspapers always worry about how to play obits. How do you gauge someone's worth after he or she has died? I was working for the newspaper in Richmond when Jerry Garcia and Mickey Mantle died within (my memory) a week. I think we played the Mick a little higher, but what a quandary: Many of the Grateful Dead fans probably didn't know who the hell Mantle was, and a whole slew of Yankees fans probably thought Garcia was the guy who founded Ben and Jerry's!