i found out this AM that one of the Reader's proofreaders headed up the trail before us...i want to say that russl was very nice to me personally and never had anything derogatory to say to me in spite of my ghetto spelling

hope u'll meet me up the trail someday homey and i wish u a fond and loving farewell

my sympathy to the family and peace to all of u in the coming weeks without ur precious loved one....Nan


Robert Mizrachi Feb. 26, 2011 @ 6:20 p.m.

Ode to a Proofreader

Netless, further from fretless that’s what we’ve become. Russ Lewis has left us, now we’re bereft of our eagle-eyed East County chum.

When the participles dangle about when the Crue goes without an umlaut when it’s obvious no one pulled out the Gregg manual... when our shameful typos are there on your lap think of the man who would’ve caught them — Russ Lewis...he really did give a crap


Jay Allen Sanford Feb. 26, 2011 @ 7:34 p.m.

Well said, rmizrachi! Still hard to believe Russ has left us, after he was so positive about beating his newest bout with the big "C."

I have a file folder here somewhere full of printouts of emails where we bounced local music memories back and forth. He's also quoted at length in an article I hope to finish soon called Long Gone, about forgotten concert venues around town -- the clarities of his recollections always astounded and fascinated me.


When Russ arrived on the other side, I'm sure Eleanor Widmer and Judith Moore were holding for him a great dinner table and some excellent reading material --


nan shartel Feb. 27, 2011 @ 11:51 a.m.

blessing to u both jayallen and rmizrachi...the Reader was indeed blest by his excellence...in spite of my ghetto rap i hope they'll hold a place at that table for the rest of us READER peeps ;=D


David Dodd Feb. 28, 2011 @ 10:09 a.m.

I join those who want the best for what awaits Russ, wherever that place is. RIP Mr. Lewis, the world lost a good man when you left us.


MsGrant Feb. 28, 2011 @ 11:07 a.m.

Me, too. Goodbye, Mr. Lewis - we will see you on the other side.


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