Via Joseph Ghory of Brooklyn-himself a gentlemen of extraordinary
interestingness-a New York Times obituary worthy of
mention within the hallowed pages of Document Dump.
Archie Peck, croquet national champion, was a man of "rugged
good looks, effortless athleticism and aggressive style of play, he
was widely described as having brought virility to a sport that had
long been considered only somewhat less geriatric than
shuffleboard," according to the Times. "So passionate was
Peck for croquet that he is known to have said only a single
negative thing about it in his lifetime."
Perhaps the best line: "This notwithstanding the fact that Peck,
in his playing days, was commonly known as Silky Legs. As The Miami
Herald explained in 1982, 'Women say he has the silkiest legs
around when he wears his Italian-made tennis shorts.'"
As a connoisseur of the game myself--and a man in search of a
strong moniker like Silky Legs--the piece made me chuckle. Read the
whole thing, although it's not nearly long enough. It perhaps
isn't the Best Obituary Ever--a title currently reserved for professional scoundrel John Fairfax, with a close second being The Hitch--but it's still worth it.