Ever Hear Of These People?
They, too, made an impact on society.
In a week which seemed to be dominated by the over-coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial verdict, the deaths of two people who deserve a lot more notoriety largely went unnoticed.
Jane Scott was one of a kind. She was someone who was older than the parents of most baby-boomers, who seemed more tuned into rock music than many young people are.
She was in her 40's when she wrote her first music column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer in the 1960's, covering (what else?) the Beatles. She went on into the early 2000's, chronicling pop, disco, heavy metal, alternative...you guessed it, and became as famous as people who wrote for publications like Rolling Stone. Even before I cared at all about rock music, I remember reading her weekly column in the newspaper's Friday entertainment section.
She was also a friend to those who played the music. In 1968, when a Cleveland radio station fired most of its deejay staff, one of them declined to speak to the Plain Dealer's television-radio reporter, opting to comment only to Scott.
She finally retired at the age of 82, and died this past week at 92.
Even more deserving of our attention is author Allan Eckert, who wrote several historically-based books about the settling of the American frontier, focusing on the struggles between white settlers and Native Americans.
One of his books I remember well, The Frontiersmen, I first read in an Ohio History class while I was at Ohio University. The instructor, on the first day of class, assigned us the book's first 60 pages, and, after the classroom groans died down, said, "This book is easy to read. You will not want to put it down." He was right.
The book was the basis for an outdoor drama, Tecumseh!, which is still performed throughout each summer in Ohio's first capital, Chillicothe. I saw it several times in the early 1980's, and it is well worth the trip.
I hope both of these people (particularly Eckert) will be remembered for their contributions long after (I hope) we've forgotten who Casey Anthony was.