Nick Ciriello

Most of us in California have known Alan later in his life when he had become silent, even seemingly dour, and not the vigorous conversationalist of yore. I always recall Alan at the bar table where I first met him in NYC, surrounded by rapt acolytes all, and talking his head off in the witty, learned way only the younger Alan could.

He was writing for the Herald Tribune then……which tells you how long ago it was. Even then, the best critic of all……