- John M. Ford, one of my favorite science fiction writers and one of the most versatile around. He was younger than me.
- Esther Martinez, a prime contributor to the preservation of the Tewa language, a Pueblo language threatened with extinction. She created the first (and only?) Tewa dictionary, for example. Killed by a drunk driver, at age 94.
- Norman Lewis, author of 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary, one of the most enduring of vocabulary books ever published. (He was also a long-time columnist, author (63 books), and professor, and "one of the nation's foremost authorities on vocabulary and language skills".) Age 93.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Words Lose Some Allies
The news has not been of the best the last two days. Among those lost to lovers of words and language: