Friday, February 01, 2013


Obituary: Brash former NYC mayor Ed Koch, 88, has died of congestive heart failure.

He wasn't one of my favorite politicians, but there have been much worse mayors around, including the incumbent NYC mayor.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg praised Mr. Koch as “an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion,” calling him “a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend.”

Mr. Koch’s 12-year mayoralty encompassed the fiscal austerity of the late 1970s and the racial conflicts and municipal corruption scandals of the 1980s, an era of almost continuous discord that found Mr. Koch caught in a maelstrom day after day.

But out among the people or facing a news media circus in the Blue Room at City Hall, he was a feisty, slippery egoist who could not be pinned down by questioners and who could outtalk anybody in the authentic voice of New York: as opinionated as a Flatbush cabby, as loud as the scrums on 42nd Street, as pugnacious as a West Side reform Democrat mother.

“I’m the sort of person who will never get ulcers,” the mayor — eyebrows devilishly up, grinning wickedly at his own wit — enlightened the reporters at his $475 rent-controlled apartment in Greenwich Village on Inauguration Day in 1978. “Why? Because I say exactly what I think. I’m the sort of person who might give other people ulcers.”

He could and did.

I like this part:

Mr. Koch and his sister, Pat Koch Thaler, wrote a small volume, “Eddie: Harold’s Little Brother,” a children’s book that appeared in 2004. His brother, Harold M. Koch, a carpet distributor, died in 1995. Besides his sister, a former dean at New York University whom he saw regularly in later years, Mr. Koch is survived by New York itself, as an old friend put it a few years ago.

It's not clear whether NYC will survive Bloomberg at the rate things are going.

I don't think the question as to why prep schools don't have to meet the same standards as public schools is hard to answer at all.

This is what happens when you have an elite that wants to force the masses into a vast economic underclass.

The duct-taping test cheat is at it again.

One of the few bright spots in the George W. Bush White House, his dog Barney, has died at the age of at least 12.

The Scottish Terrier had been suffering from lymphoma.


Yet another obituary: Inventor Andre Cassagnes, not a household name himself, but his invention, the Etch A Sketch, is known throughout the world, has died at the age of 86.

He invented the toy in the 1950s, but Ohio Art manufactured his invention in 1960 and became a childhood icon.

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