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PostRemembering Bill Ratliff (Istvan Simon, USA, 04/15/14 2:10 pm)
I am deeply saddened by the news of Bill Ratliff's untimely death. Bill was a wonderful friend and I greatly enjoyed his company, boundless energy, and lively conversation every time we met.
I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Bill's family.
JE comments: I too will always remember Bill's boundless energy. He was an extremely early riser--a "gran madrugador" in Spanish--and occasionally we would exchange e-mails at around 7 AM my time. That's 4 AM in California! Bill told me that he often made do with 3 to 4 hours of sleep per night. This is undoubtedly one reason he was such a productive scholar.
I'll be re-running some of Bill's WAIS posts over the coming days. This one, from January 2010, shows his balanced thinking at its best. Note how Bill discusses Fidel Castro without falling into any ideological shibboleths. Just the facts, ma'am.