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January 11, 2020 11:11 AM   Subscribe

The journalist Ken Fuson died January 3rd. A writer for the Des Moines Register, Balitmore Sun, and other outlets, he pinned his own poignant and hilarious obituary.

His colleague Daniel Finney penned a remembrance, as did his former colleague Roy Peter Clark.

I hadn't realized that Fuson was the author of the (alluded to in his obituary) one-sentence story about the weather that the post title is taken from (printed in full in Clark's remembrance).
posted by dismas (11 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Alternative title: "No, he didn't win a Pulitzer Prize, but he's dead now, so get off his back."
posted by dismas at 11:12 AM on January 11, 2020 [1 favorite]

I’m not so sure there’s such a thing as dying a good death but there is such a thing as a good obituary.

Godspeed Ken, every Pulitzer I win will be dedicated to you.
posted by RolandOfEld at 11:17 AM on January 11, 2020 [5 favorites]

The one-sentence weather story. (semicolons are cheating)
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 11:26 AM on January 11, 2020 [4 favorites]

Pssst: it's Daniel Finney, not Fenney. He had the sad task of writing two remembrances on the same day, both about people he clearly revered. Here's the other one.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 11:45 AM on January 11, 2020 [1 favorite]

Whoopsie, flagged my own post for that misspelling of Finney's name -- mods?
posted by dismas at 11:48 AM on January 11, 2020

Mod note: Fixed!
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 11:52 AM on January 11, 2020 [2 favorites]

posted by genehack at 1:25 PM on January 11, 2020

After the Pimlico joke, I was actively unprepared for the swerve into the gambling addiction. I’m glad he stayed clean and happy about it; I’ve never been able to figure out whether I’d be able to resist leaping back into my addictions if I caught a terminal diagnosis.
posted by Etrigan at 1:26 PM on January 11, 2020 [2 favorites]


Also, checking in for what will probably be the only non-political Des Moines post I'll ever see on the blue.
posted by TrialByMedia at 2:09 PM on January 11, 2020


not religious myself but his description of what his personal faith and his faith community meant to him was beautiful.
posted by biggreenplant at 2:17 PM on January 11, 2020

I'd never seen that one-sentence weather report and wow does it make my Iowa heart just about burst, it's so beautiful and true.

Thank you for sharing this, sad as it is. There was much gladness in and around him, and knowing his voice and story, even only after his passing, has made this cold Iowa Sunday warmer.
posted by Caxton1476 at 7:59 AM on January 12, 2020 [1 favorite]

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