Darrell Laurant: We Miss You!

8 Jan

When I was a child I remember older folks getting the newspaper off their porch or out of their mailbox, bringing it into the house & immediately checking the obituaries. My mother, in her more mature years, once told me if she didn’t see her name in there, it was going to be a good day.

These days when we’ve gotten the newspaper on our porch, in our mailbox, on our computer, on our SmartPhones or on our notebooks we haven’t needed to go straight to the obituaries for facts or local updates. For almost 30 years we’ve had Darrell Laurant & his wonderful columns. His newspaper column has been the place the majority of us in our area turn FIRST when checking out the Lynchburg News & Advance. We’ve known we were going to be informed, entertained & often intrigued.

Darrell’s columns have been a reflection of our area, society & the colorful people who live here. He’s introduced us to little known facts of local history & to local personalities who have done so many news-worthy things … or who have done the things we ALL do or have done, made more interesting through Darrell’s telling of it. He has exposed us regularly to the richness of our local culture & has presented it to us through his unique perspective & his quirky view of life. He has entertained us, made us laugh & on occasion has made us cry.

I’m convinced that many people have maintained their newspaper subscription primarily because of Darrell & his charming, insightful, entertaining columns.

In November Darrell decided to take a well-earned retirement. He has a book in the works & is involved with his group of writers through The Writer’s Bridge. He will still be here & he will still be writing. He just won’t be entertaining us in the newspaper.

As a personal friend for many years I plan to stay in touch with Darrell.

A couple of years ago when Darrell had been ill & hadn’t done a column for a few weeks, while looking through our Sunday paper I saw a photo of him in the obituaries. My heart sank, thinking that’s why I had been missing his column. On closer inspection I realized that the newspaper had simply chosen the obituary page where they had extra space to advertise Darrell’s local column. I was relieved & called him to tell him about his photo being where it was & we both got a laugh out of that … but I was glad to hear his voice on the phone.

Since 1985 Darrell has featured our science fiction club is his column on numerous occasions & he has done it in a way that always preserved our credibility. He liked the charity & community work we do & was always careful to point out those good works.  I believe Darrell’s August article about our Annual Charity Auction was directly responsible for the near-capacity crowd we had at the auction & the fact that we made the most money EVER for our charities.

Those of us who know Darrell personally & those of us who feel he is part of our lives because of his newspaper columns wish him so much enjoyment as he settles into his retirement.

However ………this past Sunday when we got the newspaper out of the mailbox (yes, we still get a paper copy), I sat at the kitchen table & absently turned to the obituaries first. In the absence of Darrell’s column I wondered how many other people in our area were doing the same thing.



4 Responses to “Darrell Laurant: We Miss You!”

  1. Anthony Moshonas January 8, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    Thanks Linda,Yep he will be sorely missed. Tony

    Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:53:24 +0000 To: blueflame54@msn.com


    • heimdalco January 9, 2014 at 12:03 am #

      Thanks, Tony. Darrel is the coolest …


  2. monkeys22013 January 9, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    Think Darrel would approve..nice Linda and yes we all miss his column, for sure


    • heimdalco January 9, 2014 at 4:13 am #

      Thanks, Leslie. I took a writing class under Darrell a LONG time ago so he taught me some of what I know. I do miss his columns,


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