Colleen McCullough died last week.
Here's an excerpt from her obit in the Australian:
"COLLEEN McCullough, Australia’s best-selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: “I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.”
Can you believe it? "Certainly overweight." This is what they chose to say about the woman who wrote the best-selling book of all time in Australia??
Several bloggers compared the obituary, in the same publication, of that of another well-loved, best-selling Australian novelist, Bryce Courtenay.
Yeah...but how much did he weigh? Was he into clothes?BRYCE Courtenay was one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, touching the hearts of millions of people around the world with 21 bestselling books including The Power of One.
The Australian has gotten a lot of negative commentary about this totally sexist and insensitive treatment of Colleen. Hopefully the writers at that paper won't make such a botch-up of the next famous deceased woman's obit.
I heard from my friend Linda that our high school music teacher, the much beloved and admired Glen Pierce died last week at 103 years old. His former students will never forget him as he opened our eyes to the joys of music through choral singing. He wrung things out of us we had no idea were there. He'd get 300 singers absolutely rapt; single purposed - all pulling together as one voice to create the most beautiful sounds. When we got it right - those magical moments when we soared - he would be so pleased and we all loved that and strived for it. How did he manage to get a motley bunch of mostly self-centered, self-conscious teenagers, who at that age didn't even know they could sing, to work so hard and accomplish so much?? In our high school the coolest thing you could do was to sing in one of his choirs.
Here's his obit which I found appropriately loving and respectful.
Thank you Mr. Pierce for everything you did. Rest in peace.