There were a couple recent passings, worthy of note, both in New York City.
George Steinbrenner, the long-time owner of the Yankees died at 80. It will be interesting to see whether he is widely eulogized. I suspect a lot of people who knew him will have little to say about his life and death. To speak ill of the dead is unacceptable, and I have heard he was a philanthropist.
Also, Tuli Kupferberg, singer, songwriter, poet, artist, cartoonist, lifelong revolutionary, and a New York City fixutre for many years joined his ancestors yesterday, if they haven't disowned him. He was 86, and older than most of the people associated with sixties counter culture -- 41 at the time he and Ed Sanders founded the Fugs in '65.
I sometimes find myself wishing Green Day was a little more like the Fugs. But history doesn't repeat; it merely rhymes, as did this Kupferberg song.