Christmas is behind us, New Year's Day is just ahead. A time to look back.
In 2012, The Grandstander noted the loss of 43 Absent Friends, those who left us in this year whose mark on history, society, popular culture or just on me personally was such that I felt it noteworthy to comment upon their passing.
Here is a final look back on all of them. Oh, and I cannot do this without saluting the great sportswriter, Red Smith, who always used the term "Absent Friends" when writing about those who had died. In addition to those below, I want to note two others who were not public people, so I will not use their full names, but I also feel the loss of the passing of Betty S., the mother of my oldest boyhood friend, and Denise H., the wife of a friend and co-worker.
That said, a final salute to the Absent Friends of 2012:
Bill "Moose" Skowron
Ted "Captain Showbiz" Atkins
Robert W. Creamer
Earl "Speedo" Carroll
Rest In Peace.