I distinctly remember where I was sitting, and who was around, when I read the news 15 years ago that Douglas Adams, a mere 49 years old, had died of a heart attack.
I'm not usually one who reacts when a celebrity dies (usually), but this one shook me. Adams' wit, style, perspective, and books had a formative impact on my adolescence -- for good or ill -- and my adulthood.
I hadn't realized this year was the 15th anniversary of his death when I decided to do my big re-read of his works this year, but I'm glad I'm doing it. I'll talk about him a little bit more in a couple of weeks (and when I get around to reading the next books on my list), but for now, I just wanted to take a brief moment to reflect on his death.
A couple of days later, John Kovalic's Dork Tower ran this comic (tweaked 5 years ago) which pretty much summed things up for me.