Did he just die recently?
He passed away last Thursday.
Will there be some memorial service or public tribute. Knew Lewie for years ... a great talent who will be missed.
As far as I know there was a private ceremony for him, but have heard that the family is working on some sort of big celebration of his life. As soon as I hear, I'll post it.
Sorry I'm a little bit late learning of Lewie's passing. My belated love and sympathy to his family and friends.
Lewie, along with brother Hank, were guests at a Christmas party I attended in 1969. I believe it was hosted by the old KDEF-AM Radio, where I had worked as something of a news intern. I had the privilege that night of chatting with Lewie. We meshed nicely, marveling at life and those stinging events happening along the way that served to change us. I was touched by the introspective quality with which he shared his own stories. He was at once both funny and deep. He mused with a somber sweetness, the unmistakable marker of one who had always embraced life, even if, like all of God's children, he may not have always understood it.
This local celebrity whom I'd watched yuk it up on stage with his audience, and whose records I played on my radio shows, this soft gentleman whom I had just met, seemed to have trusted me with tales from his fragile side. I was only 19. I hope I proved myself worthy of that trust.