The Post’s June 16 obituary on Acie L. Byrd Jr., “Championed rights of ill veterans and minorities,” was a nice reminder of how the passing of a local person should be noticed. I had never heard of Byrd, but as an occasional listener to WPFW-FM for many years, I was intrigued by the headline and informed by the article. Thank you for publishing it.
For decades, I have scanned The Post’s obituaries every day (after the advent of the online version, I even read them while traveling). I always found them to be an excellent way to connect our region to its past through the personal stories of some of our more prominent citizens. My habit was to read the beginning and then skip to the end and check the survivors. If anything in either place were particularly interesting, I would read the entire piece. If not, I’d skip to the next one.
In recent years I noticed a trend of putting the survivors in the middle of the article instead of at the end. This was an annoying, but not critical, deviation, in my opinion.
Now, The Post seems to have decided to publish complete obituaries only of national figures and to relegate our local and regional citizens to a column headlined “Of Note” (which used to be the space for highlighting the lives of little-known foreign princes or minor celebrities).
This article was a welcome throwback to a form of journalism perfected by The Post’s own J.Y. Smith.
Wilton Corkern, Lusby, Md.