Monday, April 17, 2006

Sydney near the end

Sydney killed himself by running into a moving car wheel one night in 1970. He had been out carousing as usual, but must have gotten caught in a new transition lane feeding onto a newly swift-flowing Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica.

The next time I went to our coffee spot, without Sydney, an artist named Otho made this drawing on an envelope. He offered it to me as a commemoration of a colorful and popular local character, but with a little hesitancy, hoping I wouldn't be offended by his depiction of Sydney's moth-eaten appearance.

How could I be offended? It was a perfect blending of art and reality. And a treasured remembrance of a dear friend.


At April 18, 2006 5:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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