Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Best newspaper story about a death while speaking in public
It was the obituary for the English writer of murder mystery novels, Ruth Rendell (February 17, 1930 to May 2, 2015). She didn’t die while speaking - that incident happened back in the early 1950s. But her obituary in The Guardian said that:
“...she had been a journalist on the Chigwell Times, but resigned after it emerged that her report of a local tennis club dinner had been written without attending the event, meaning she missed the death of the after-dinner speaker during his speech.”
She had told a similar version in a 2013 article at the Penguin web site. I don’t have access to the Chigwell Times, so I have not been able to find the name of the after-dinner speaker.