Obituaries

Not just Wilkinson *

Judging by my email today, the L.A. Times' failure to get together an obit on Frank Wilkinson (while the New York Times did recognize his historic significance to Los Angeles and nationally) got noticed. Wilkinson's high-profile role in last year's locally acclaimed album "Chavez Ravine" by Ry Cooder probably fed the interest. Meanwhile, Kitty Felde aired a segment (audio) about Wilkinson on today's Talk of the City on KPCC, including some tape from an interview a few years ago. LAist posted a remembrance today by Carolyn Kellogg. And the L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will consider giving Wilkinson a posthumous Freedom of Information Award at its meeting next Monday.

Now comes coverage of another Los Angeles figure's death that is being reported elsewhere before it gets into the Times. Bryan Harvey, the father found murdered with his wife and two children in Richmond, Virginia over the weekend, was a member of the L.A.-based 1980s rock band House of Freaks. Today's Hollywood Reporter had a piece by music editor Chris Morris that said the band "made an immediate mark on the [Los Angeles] club scene. Some credit the band's dynamic, melodic attack with setting the template for such later two-piece units as the White Stripes."

As of 10 pm, still nothing about Wilkinson or Harvey on LATimes.com. Though to the paper's credit, there was a good obituary in Wednesday's paper on Young O. Kim, a war hero and prominent figure in the city's Asian American communities.

* Thursday update: The LAT gets its Wilkinson obit in the paper, with details on services. The Daily News runs the NYT obit. Here's an audio obit by John Rabe on KPCC.


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