This will be the last collective tribute to Hitch, although there are a few miscellaneous items I’ll post soon, and a special musical tribute tomorrow. As you might have expected, most of the tributes to the man involved amber restoratives, and I’ve put the remaining ones here.
From Hempenstein, an old college pal of mine, who recommends Mclelland’s Islay as “very smooth and an exceptional value”:
Here’s to you, Hitch, for a life well-lived; your unshakable courage on top of eloquence and wit. I am proud to be able to say that I met you once briefly and that we shared a few words over a then-recent event of mutual interest.
From Karl H:
From Karl P.:
The thing I will miss most about Hitchens is his venerable erudition: the vast intellectual resources that he could instantly draw on, the unabashed confidence with which he formulated his thoughts, and the jaunty way he made it all seem effortless — not to mention his truly admirable mastery of the English language. All of these qualities I greatly admire in people, and what better way to express the passing of such a person than a set of empty bookcases? And an amber restorative, of course; that goes without saying.
Stan sent two photos, the first of Hitch having his famous conversation with Mason Crumpacker at the Texas Freethought C0nvention.
Attached are a couple of pictures from the Texas Freethought Convention. I attended the convention but didn’t take either of these pics. They were taken by a member of our local Houston Atheist Meetup group, the largest such group in the country. When Hitchens came into the dining room where we were all seated, it moved many of us to tears, including me. He looked frail and walked slowly, but when it came time for him to speak, it was clear that his mental faculties were still razor sharp. Mason Crumpacker was really something, as you have pointed out already.
From Grania Spingies, who didn’t have any whiskey but did the best she could:
Finally, one that doesn’t involve alcohol, from Ivar Husa: