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Sad news

Posted by Richard on December 30, 2007

I was very saddened today to learn that Bert Wiener lost his long battle with leukemia and passed away on December 24. Bert and I were both active in the Libertarian Party for a number of years. He was one of the good guys — intelligent, articulate, insightful, and funny. The world is a poorer place with him absent from it.

If you want to get a sense of the man — or just want some good reading — visit his blog, Wienerville. Bert began blogging in 2004 when it appeared that his leukemia was coming back. He was not exactly prolific, and his entire three years of posts are on one long page, which you can probably read in well under an hour.

Start at the bottom with the oldest posts. I think you'll like Bert's blogging — some really good little stories, sharp insights, and interesting observations, often with a bit of a twist or edge to them (take, for example, his modest proposal regarding Darfur and Palestine — quite devilish). By the time you're done, I suspect you'll regret that there will be no more Wienerville.

Rest in peace, Bert. You'll be missed. 

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2 Responses to “Sad news”

  1. Brian said

    I am away in Newfoundland on vacation and heard this tragic news. I saw Bert a few days before he went into the hospital. He had been going to a pizza place that I recommended and we met at Joes Crab Shack for dinner. Bert was in high spirits and convinced he would lick this thing, I was sure he would too. I worked with Bert a number of years at Storagetech. He was a fun, intelligent, witty guy with a zest for life. I met with him a lot for dinner and was hinored that he called me a New York City Bigot. He called me this because I always compared food to the NYC area. He was my friend and he will be sorely missed. Sleep well friend and I know you are in a better place. The world is definitely darker without you. I will eat some Crab and Dim Sum in your memory. Thanks for the laughs and the story of Jelly Babies.

  2. rgcombs said

    Agreed. Thanks for stopping by.

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