Claude, you brought joy to my life

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By Carolyn Risner

Goofy. Giving. Wonderful. Funny. Guileless. Childlike.

Words. Only words.

But words that define the personality of a man who was so complex, yet so simple in his nature.

When word reached me Friday evening that my star sports editor–and dear friend–Claude Lewis had died, I, like everyone else, was stunned.

Two hours before, he and I had a wonderful conversation, laughed about pushy people and poor biographers and threatened each other with "You have to do THAT story."

Life, it's but a vapor. Like a mist on the horizon you see it for a while and then it dissipates and you are left only with the feeling and the memory that it was once there.

Claude's life was the all- enveloping mist. Once in his presence, you were immediately enclosed in his sphere.

His good humor was infectious; his lack of staying on track exasperating, but yet somehow endearing; his naivete refreshing.

For the last 17 months I was surrounded by Claude, both personally and professionally and each and every day was a session in"What will Claude do/say next?"

My Claude stories are legion–too many for this space.

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