Obituaries almost always offer something new about someone you’ve known for years, including those you think you’ve known pretty well.
That seems to ring especially true for me with some of the folks who have retired from The Tribune over the years.
For instance, when Avis Hoevener died several years ago, his obituary mentioned that our retired camera operator in the pre-press department had enjoyed oil painting and that he was quite accomplished at it. I had no idea.
A year or so later, when Bill Hammett died, his obituary informed readers that our former Linotype operator and ad builder liked to dance and had given dance lessons at what was then called the Girls Club. Again, no idea.
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