1.02.2005

barry corbet, 1936-2004

More death. Barry Corbet, a talented writer and filmmaker, former pioneering mountain climber and skier, my former editor, and an altogether terrific person, died on December 18.

Barry ran my work in New Mobility when all I had to my name was a big pile of research and an unpublished novel. I learned a lot from him - about crafting a magazine article, and about how a real professional works.

He was a model editor: sensitive, encouraging, with just the right balance of freedom and direction. In a messy incident involving Chuck Close, Chris Reeve, and my own slip-up, Barry backed me up, let the magazine apologize, and continued to trust me.

The entire disability community will miss him. A tribute site has been set up for anyone wishing to know him better.

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