As the year 2015 ends, we are gratified to see that we have again, after a bit of nudging, garnered no fewer than 23 responses from muggs all over the world for this year’s Simesite Wrap, (plus two latercomers). That still leaves a lot of people who haven’t answered, so we have supplied a list of the “missing” at the very end of the section. Should anyone have information or the latest contact or e-mail address for any of them, please forward it to us. Some may have shuffled off through the Pearly Gates, but others may simply have changed their e-mail addresses, especially when these were company addresses, rather than personal ones.
Here, then, are the replies we received, in the order in which they came in:
Jack Kindred, long-time Germany correspondent for Variety, died November 19 in Munich after a brief, serious illness. He was 92.
Veteran mugg Hy Hollinger, a gentle soul and the antithesis of the pushy reporter, passed away, aged 97, last Wednesday (Oct.7) at the Olympia Medical Center, Los Angeles. Hy had been retired since 2008 after chronicling show biz history as a journalist and helping shape it when working on the studio/industry side.
Sydney, Jan.30, 2015
I do apologise for being late with this – I don’t tend to check my gmail account very closely during working days but Don Groves prompted me, so my apologies! I always love to see what the muggs have been up to. Hope I’m not too late.
To which PB answered that it was great to hear from him, but that he really hadn’t told us what he’s been up to. Came the reply:
Ooops, quite right. Although I did write it was an unremarkable year! I guess my main activity was activity: embracing training in a gym, a lot, at 52. And as I mentioned, having to learn about serious digital publishing -this isn’t just WordPress! But serious software for a government agency that has a huge international profile. And peer comparisons. And in communications. So I count them as “activities”! And watching my son become a man. You know what that’s like. My activity last year was watching that and learning communication skills I (and everyone) would have had no concept about 10 years ago. Glad you’re still a tough editor, but that’s all I’ve got! Didn’t change my sex, get married (being divorced for 11 years now), traveled to the Himalayas, or met my soul partner! Sorry for being boring!
Madrid, Jan. 12, 2015
Having just returned from a long trip, I found these two late submissions for the Simesite year’s end wrap on my computer. The second of them, from Marge Prezioso, who used to work at the Valley Stream plant in Long Island where the paper was laid out each week, is brief and sad.