Friday, December 27, 2013
Lenny Righi: RIP
When I was in high school, Friday night dances were the big thing. At that time, Becahi still had a "boys" and "girls" wing and the concept of co-ed education was only slowly sinking in. This separation carried over to the dance. All the boys would sit at one end of the gym, casting occasional glaces at the girls. They'd dance with each other, occasionally glancing at the boys. Until the last dance. That's when you'd make your move.
I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I ended u being one of the two DJs on hand, at least until the last dance. That other DJ was Lenny Righi, a year ahead of me.
Lenny Righi died last week. I just found out today.
After high school, Lenny remained interested in music and eventually became a music critic at The Morning Call.
He was one of the casualties at that newspaper's downsizing, but I got to meet him and renew our friendship when he started working for WFMZ-TV69.
With all his years in as a reporter, you might think he'd just be going through the motions. But he worked and dug. I'd often see him at the courthouse, looking over the latest filings, and from there he'd head off to a meeting.
As often as not, it would be the same place I was going.
His reports were always right on the money. He also had the gift of brevity. He could say in three sentences what takes me three pages.
I know Lenny was looking forward to moving South, and am sorry that wish will never be fulfilled.
Only a few of you know him. But it is guys like Leonard Righi, and it's an increasingly smaller group, who do their community a great service by simply telling you what your government is doing.
Daryl Nerl, another Morning Call alum, has a touching tribute at Patch..