Marvin Granger had a gracious letter in this week's Outpost about the recent deaths of Pat Hansen, Miriam Sample and Jeffrey Edgmond. I really didn't know any of them personally, but I feel as if I did. Mr. Hansen was a good friend of local music and of the Outpost's efforts to promote it. Mrs. Sample was the wife of Joe Sample, who subscribes to The Outpost and always writes an encouraging note when he renews. On the occasions when I wrote symphony reviews, I always relied heavily on Mr. Edgmond's elegant program notes.
Over the course of a lifetime, the losses add up. And the new assets that come along never quite seem to replace them.