I didn’t know Joe Sherman well, but well enough to stop and talk to him occasionally when we’d meet on the street or at a bookstore. When we stopped, we’d usually talk about movies or the local theatre scene. I often was a bit intimidated talking to Joe, as it seemed obvious that his thinking was on a different plain than mine. As his Buzz articles no doubt
indicate, Joe Sherman loved words and enjoyed using them in his
writing, poetry and everyday conversations. As such, it was always entertaining to talk with him.
Joe, as have been so many others over time, was kind enough to offer the occasional idea for a sketch for whatever group I was in at the time. The only one I really remember, and only because he offered it to me a couple of times, was a parody musical of Guys and Dolls. He called it Buoys and Gulls.
Joe, over the last while, has been battling cancer. Today, he succumbed.
My condolences go out to everyone who is affected by his passing.