Sad News: Promising New NRB Contributor Passes Away After Submitting First Post


On April 26 I received the following email from NRB’s contact form:

I have written a short essay (3 single space pages) tentatively titled “On the ‘Old Frog’ Journalism of David Brooks” that I would appreciate being considered as a blog on your site. It is a satirical review of Brooks’ 4/22/2010 New York Times article entitled, “The Government War”, and the political positions he takes therein.

I will appreciate any consideration you provide. Thank you.

Not expecting anything extraordinary I replied:

You can send it to me and I’ll consider it.

Thanks,
David

The prospective blogger answered:

David,

Thank you for your prompt response. I appreciate the time and effort of your consideration.

Please bear with the screen elongated version “pasted” below. The piece simply transmits better this way than as a Word document attachment.

Dennis

Below was the post which we ran on April 28 as The “Cooked Frog” Journalism of David Brooks. I was stunned by the elegant writing and strong analysis. Here was a great new contributor for NRB.

I responded to Dennis with excitement and encouragement. His first piece was top-notch and I wanted to get some more posts from him. I sent him his username and password along with our guidebook for how to do our posts. I also suggested that perhaps he make David Brooks his focus, keeping tabs on the New York Times columnist’s writings. Dennis replied:

David,

Thanks, and I’m pleased that you found the piece worthy of publication. The picture accompanying the blog could not be better! [DS: I'd run an image of President Obama eating frog legs.]

I will be happy to submit additional observations and reviews to NRB, and I will “keep an eye” on Mr. Brooks.

Thanks again,

Dennis

Then today I received this note from our contact form:

Dr Terzola, who wrote your article Cooked Frogs a week ago, has sadly passed away at home unexpectedly–the day after you published his article.   You may follow his obituary here:
http://www.legacy.com/funerals/dunnquigley-akronstow/obituary.aspx?n=TERZOLA-DENNIS&pid=142415239

He is sorely missed!

And my heart sinks. Deepest condolences to the Terzola family.

Here’s the full text of his obituary:

TERZOLA DENNIS TERZOLA, age 70 of Stow passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 29, 2010. He was born in Chisolm, MN, to the late Marcello and Marie Terzola. He grew up in Cleveland (Collinwood) eventually moving to Stow in 1977 where he raised his family. A principled seeker of truth and knowledge, his early passion was for his studies. He obtained his undergraduate degree from John Carroll, a J.D. from Cleveland Marshall Law School, and his Doctorate from Notre Dame. Dennis, at his best teaching, was a former college instructor, financial advisor, and little league coach. Most recently he was proud to have been the author of a featured article on a well respected, national website devoted to political commentary. He will be missed and treasured by his loving wife of 43 years, Linda (nee Sawyer); brother, Richard; sons, Mark (Christina) and Neal; and grandchildren, the joys of his life, Madeline, Emma, Matthew, and Brady. Calling hours will be on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dunn-Quigley Stow Chapel (3333 Kent Rd. at Rt. 91). Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church (3163 Kent Rd., Stow). Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery (Akron). The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, your kind donations may be made to Pregnancy Care, or the Haven of Rest Ministries. DUNN-QUIGLEY FUNERAL HOME, 3333 KENT RD, STOW, OH, 330-688-3866.