i have edited and reread this post at least a hundred times in the last three days. i feel i can't do this entry justice so i can't commit to pushing the publish button. anyway, here goes...
a lot of celebrity deaths have been reported in the news recently. i usually don't pay too much attention to this kind of news. i believe that everyone has something to contribute to the world, but not all who pass were as unique an individual as george plimpton. i will miss a man i never knew.
due to mr. plimpton's recent passing, his name has been circling new york dinner conversations and carefree im'ing. even with the creation of this blog, i am reminded of george plimpton (wayne says that mr. plimpton said ali's quote was the shortest poem ever). whether you knew mr. plimpton or not (and a lot of people actually knew him), everyone seems to be in total admiration of him.
the more i learn of mr. plimpton, the more i am interested by him. he seemed to live a rich life and was able to do what others only dared to dream about. george plimpton, editor and founding member of the paris review was also an actor, amateur athlete, writer, and a creator of all things wonderful. he is a gentleman celebrated for doing things fabulously and equally celebrated for doing things not so well but sincerely.
amazing people are saying wonderful things about this man: "george had a rare gift. . . . he was so open to life and all its new and unexpected situations," said writer norman mailer. (ny daily news) author, john updike said, "my goodness, he was so vital, full of fun." (newsday)
i feel i want to be remembered this way too. i hope to live a life half as unique and exciting.