RARA-AVIS: Edward Hoch's obituary

From: Joy Matkowski ( jmatkowski1@comcast.net)
Date: 20 Jan 2008

Hoch's death was also noted on another list I frequent. Some of you may be interested in a eulogy that described his methods. Joy

> Edward Hoch was one of the nicest people I ever met. He was a frequent
> caller and visitor to the Rochester Public Library during the seven or
> eight years when I staffed the Science department's reference desk
> part-time while starting my freelance writing career.
> Ed researched everything in his novels and short stories, and always tried
> to make sure that the details that his plots hung on were accurate. I
> remember finding books and articles for him on forensics, ballistics,
> chemistry, meteorology, biochemistry, medicine, genetics, habits of zoo
> animals, and even things like gardening, cooking techniques, recipe
> ingredients, napkin folding at the turn of the last century, and spice
> sources. (Yes, all that was cataloged in the Science division. Don't ask
> me why. So were child care books, UFOs and automotive repair manuals.)
> The staff in the History, Art, Music, and Business divisions at that time
> also talked about the interesting questions he came up with for them. The
> world has lost a very nice man.

Kat Nagel MasterWork Consulting
(with her permission)

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