Like most of the hoary-headed set, I carefully read the death notices page in the paper, checking ages mostly, as we've not been around here long enough to accumulate a large group of friends that we can watch die off. This morning I was saddened to read "COLUMBUS – Bill Stein, age 54, of Columbus, passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 9, 2008. He was a historian and county archivist of Colorado County."
I had interviewed Bill a couple of times for stories and run into him a couple of times out in the world. He was of the wonderful tribe of Texas small-town historians, and his knowledge of Colorado County was amazing. He was bright, entertaining, and funny. His death is a loss to everybody who cares about our collective past.