Exiting the stage

By Lawrence A. Johnson

A personal note about my friend Jack Zink, theater, music and cultural affairs writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. A fixture in the region’s critical community for nearly four decades, Jack has been courageously battling cancer since last fall while still tackling the theater and classical music beats with characteristic dedication, energy, and enthusiasm.

Amid the current wave of buyouts at the Sun-Sentinel, Jack will be taking an extended disability leave from the paper starting Tuesday.

Regular readers know Jack for his graceful writing style, encyclopedic knowledge of theater, and astonishing prolificacy. In addition, his friends know him for his unfailing optimism, great humor, generous collegiality, and fundamental decency. All best for a steady recovery, Jack, and we hope to see you back on the aisle soon. Send get-well wishes to jzink@sun-sentinel.com.

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One Response to “Exiting the stage”

  1. Posted Jul 16, 2008 at 4:50 pm by Lansing

    Hi Larry,
    Sorry to hear about Jack Zink. The news for classical music in SoFlo just keeps getting worse and worse…

    Speaking of which:
    I was just about to write a blistering letter to the Herald, lamenting and lambasting them for your “involuntary buyout,” but then I went to their website and saw a review from you posted 7/1; *after* the date of the article I read about your termination.

    So — Before I write the Herald, I figured I should get my facts straight and contact you to see what the deal is.

    Lansing (composer at UM)
    P.S. Also — What is your mailing address? You can send it to me offline: lmcloskey@miami.edu

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