GILBERT GOTTFRIED: THE GUARDIAN OBITUARY

This is the original version of an obituary I wrote for The Guardian newspaper in London. I first trimmed it down from this 1,030 words to something close to the tight 800 they’d asked for; they then performed a final edit to get it to fit that limited space. The opening graf reflects the fact that the audience was thought not to know a lot about who he was, but would recognise the famous voices he provided, and the newspaper’s own style excluded some more detailed descriptions of some of my own favourites among his performances. I’d recommend a visit to You Tube if you’d like to check

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Michael Carlson

Yank doing life w/out parole as UK broadcaster & writer. @carlsonsports. Covers arts, books, film, music, politics & uh, sports. Accept no substitutes