One Response to R.I.P. Jimmy Breslin

  1. wobbly March 19, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    This just hurts.

    I used to buy the NY DAILY NEWS to read his column on my subway ride to my factory job in the Bronx.

    I read his column on John Lennon’s murder the morning after it happened. I didn’t know what to say or feel, but he knew what to write.

    Another column, which people don’t mention, and I’ll try to find on the internet, is one where he describes meeting his first wife. She was actually part of a wedding party, that took shelter in a restaurant during a sudden downpour. Breslin was in there too, and she sat at his table.

    Love at first sight. It happens all the time.

    Years (and six children!) later, he runs out into the rain from the hospital where he has learned that her breast cancer has spread…

    I actually shook Mr. Breslin’s hand once-he was handing out leaflets for his second wife’s run for New York city council, on which I think she still sits.

    Jesus, it’s obviously no tragedy that a man dies at age 88, after a short illness, surrounded by his family, and leaving behind a great body of work.

    It still hurts.

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