A few more words

Thanks, everyone, for your kind words about Doug (posted here and sent to me privately). I do appreciate it.

It’s interesting to see the public remembrances of him that are appearing everywhere. The crossword-puzzle folks have been especially prolific in that regard. (Not really a surprise there: they are numerous and love words, and Doug was a pillar of that community. His friend Will Shortz (NPR’s Puzzle Master) wrote this tribute on the New York Times. Doug was a longtime resident of the Philadelphia area and passionate about early American history. It makes sense, then, that the Philadelphia Inquirer and remember him, too.

I knew about his love of crossword puzzles and his interest in history. But there were other aspects of him that don’t appear in those writeups: the time he offered to lend me money from his own pocket so I could make my rent payment when our dot-com startup funding dried up and the staff went without paychecks for months (as one of the company founders, he had put his own paycheck on hold even earlier, to keep money around for everyone else as long as possible). The times we disagreed about webpage layouts (I sought editorial consistency, whereas he often resorted to “we can’t do that in HTML”). And the time he stole Stephen Sondheim’s copy of the New York Times.

Lots of good stories and memories to hold on to.



2 Responses to “A few more words”

  1. Shannahon 30 May 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I’m sorry to read this, and your other post. But also grateful to hear of your beautiful memories. I know your visit, and your memories, meant much to your friend. **Thoughts**

  2. Jeanon 21 Jun 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Marsha, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear, old friend. It was good of you to see him and remember him so fondly. I’m back to blogging after a long absence, and I’m so very grateful for this reminder that relationships and time are so worthwhile and valuable.