Rod McKuen, seen here in a 1960s photo taken for Life Magazine, died this week at the age of 81.
More than a year ago, I came across a copy, on one of my bookshelves, of Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows, a very successful book of poems by Rod McKuen. Curious about this once-famous man, I started nosing about on the Internet to find out what had happened to him. It appeared he was living in quiet retirement in Southern California in a home he shared with his brother. I thought it would be an absolutely delightful thing to find him and interview him again with the idea that his life story would make a fascinating book.
As often happens with creative impulses we don't pursue, the moment has passed. Rod McKuen died this week at the age of 81.