Sometimes life has a 'curve ball' way of delivering information. Today I got an email of news headlines from the Wall Street Journal amongst which was an item about the closure of the Rocky Mountain News, a 150 year old Denver daily that has suffered a serious loss of advertising revenue as a result of the recession. I decided to send an email to an old friend of mine, a veteran reporter on that paper with whom I've been out of touch for 20 years or more. Looking online for his email address, I came across his obituary. He died of a heart attack in 2006. Here is an appreciation of his work as a reporter. I once gave him a lift from Harare to Johannesburg. He sat up one night in a friend's flat boiling a can of condensed milk to make some kind of caramel. A bit nuts. But a good guy. John Accola.