May 02, 2006

Two Passings

I neglected to mention over the weekend while I was in Minnesota the passing of Harvey Ratner, a prominent businessman in the Twin Cities for many decades and one of the men who brought the NBA back to Minnesota as the original co-owner of the Timberwolves. Ratner, who along with Marv Wolfenson formed the partnership known universally as "Harv and Marv," made his money from real estate and also owned the Northwest chain of health clubs, which I grew up going to.

Ratner also was an old friend of my grandfather's, and the former director of my old summer camp -a man I've known since I was 5 years old- is married to Ratner's daughter.

And when I got back to Philly I read the incredibly sad news that Jennifer Dawson, the wife of New York Press film critic and blogger Matt Zoller Seitz, had passed away last Thursday. I didn't know her, but from what I've read from Matt's commenters she sounds like a wonderful woman, who will be greatly missed. Here's her obit in the Star Ledger.

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 2, 2006 08:54 PM
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