Robert Conquest, R. I. P.


Robert Conquest, the historian whose insistent telling of the true story of the Soviet Union helped lead to the West’s stiffened resistance, has died at age 98. Not only was he a formidable historian and polemicist, he was a poet and master of the limerick.

There once was a Bolshie named Lenin
Who did two or three million men in.
That’s a lot to have done in,
But where he did one in,
A Bolshie named Stalin did ten in.

Jerry Barnes, R. I. P.


Carroll County States Attorney Jerry Barnes has died. The cause of death was a gunshot wound that appears to have been self-inflicted. He was 66 years old.

Barnes served with distinction with the Army Special Forces in Viet Nam. He was awarded two Bronze Stars.

UPDATE—Local coverage here.

Don Pardo, R. I. P.


Don Pardo, who many younger folks knew as the off-stage voice of Saturday Night Live, has died. He was 96.

His career was quite diverse, ranging from war reporting to sports, news and advertising. He was the announcer for the original day-time version of Jeopardy and was the booth announcer on duty at NBC on 22 November, 1963, who read that network’s first bulletin on the shooting of President Kennedy.