Former NYC mayor Ed Koch has shuffled off this mortal coil. Koch was an interesting, often exasperating, figure. Serving as mayor from 1978 to 1989, a time period in which I was just beginning to become aware of politics, Ed Koch was synonymous with "NYC Mayor", even though he served as a U.S. Congressman before his mayoral term. While Koch was sometimes perceived as being insensitive on racial matters, his record on issues pertaining to the gay community is inconclusive, and he was no stranger to controversy there seems to have been a genuine affection for the man. Myself? I thought he was a prickly fellow, but a decent guy deep down. Also, his taste in Chinese restaurants was impeccable.
Here is a nice bit about Mayor Koch finding Fiorello LaGuardia's desk unused in City Hall, and moving it into his office:
Who knows? Maybe Koch will be the subject of a musical someday.
Even though he pissed me off last year, I couldn't stay mad at him- he made a really good show of support for the president's re-election campaign:
Rest in peace, your honor. You'll always be the quintessential New York City mayor to this bastard. That being said, I still won't call "your bridge" by its new name:
It messes up the meter of the best poem I've ever written.