REMARKS
By Leo Melamed
On the passing of Alan Abelson
May 18, 2013

Every plaudit I have read showering praise on Alan Abelson---and there have been many by many qualified and capable voices---is eminently correct.  And yet I have a nagging sense of not being satisfied.  And perhaps I never will be.

Perhaps no words will ever be found to adequately gratify those of us who could not begin their Saturday morning without a healthy dose of Abelson to put the events of the previous week, or month, or year in proper perspective.  It is  not that we always, always agreed with Alan’s views, although surely we did ninety-nine percent of the time, it is just that he could, as no one else, create an allegory, use a metaphor, make a comparison, debunk a myth, accentuate a point, put into words, some of which we had to look up, exactly what we had thought, or what we had neglected to think.  How then shall we proceed with our lives without his pithy and remarkably accurate voice confirming or changing, or guiding our thoughts?  We have no answer.

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