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By Joseph N. Bell | March 31, 2010
First off, thanks to two readers who inquired about my health when my column didn’t appear last week. As Mark Twain once put it, the rumors of my demise were grossly exaggerated, but at my age they are scarcely unexpected. I’ve tried to convince a laundry list of editors over the eight years that I’ve been doing this column that a simple card saying I would miss only one column — so I could pay proper attention, in this instance, to the first wonderful chaotic, throat-cutting week of March Madness — would have avoided the torrent of mail that my absence inspired.
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