Laurie and John DeWitt, Hell's Canyon, Idaho, September 2016

R.I.P. Laurie DeWitt, 1952-2020


WC lost his sister-in-law, his brother’s wife, Laurie DeWitt, yesterday. She was a sweet, smart, wonderful woman and the world is a poorer and darker with her gone. She fought a six year battle with lung cancer that had spread throughout her entire body before it was even discovered. Throughout that struggle, she showed unimaginable…

Fred Singer in an undated photo. A physicist, he argued that the threat of climate change was overblown and the effects of global warming would be largely beneficial.Credit...The Independent Institute

D.N.R.I.P. Fred Singer, 1924-2020


WC is going to break his promise to cut down on the obituaries, because this is a guy WC is genuinely glad to know is dead. He worked immense harm for more than thirty years, serving as an expert whore, spreading non-science and confusion to the highest bidder. WC first learned of S. Fred Singer…

John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Prine, 2019 (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

R.I.P. John Prine, 1946-2020


This one hurts. This one hurts a lot. John Prine was a treasure. From his extraordinary self-titled debut album to Tree of Forgiveness, his last, he was a superb songwriter. He was a terrific live act, too: WC saw him live 10-12 times, from the very start of his career at Chicago’s Quiet Knight, to a…

Bob Shane, left, with other members of the Kingston Trio — John Stewart, center, and Nick Reynolds — in Hollywood in 1967. The group spearheaded a folk revival in the late 1950s. Mr. Shane, Mr. Reynolds and Dave Guard were the original members; Mr. Stewart replaced Mr. Guard in 1961.Credit...Associated Press

R.I.P. Bob Shane, 1934-2020


The Kingston Trio was the first live, national act WC ever saw. It was in 1965, in Seattle, at an auditorium on the University of Washington campus. The Trio was probably past its prime by then. Founding member Dave Guard had left, replaced by the very talented John Stewart. The gold and platinum albums had…