I cried, "NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" and have been sad about it ever since.
In Vintage Kansas City Sam Lieberman was a favorite of mine, ever since I read the story of his adventures running away. I've spent many hours using excellent - geneology - resources to find out whatever became of him and was unable, and now I know why.
The obituary states that he used to write for The Journal, under the name of "Sammie the Office Boy" but in all the years I've been following The Journal, I almost never see reporters' bylines, the exception being Ed Cochrane, the sports writer.
I need to go back and look more closely. I've always wished I knew who was writing the funny and historic things I type every night, and dozens of times I've read something cute or funny and thought, "That sounds like something Sam the office boy would write." Now I know there's a pretty good chance it was true. As sad as I feel for the Lieberman family and the Kansas City Journal staff today, I'm even sadder thinking that a lot of the cute, human interest pieces the professor and I enjoy so much will probably be missing from the 100 year old news from now on. But I hope not.
The reason I built the Vintage Kansas City website was because I wanted to make "Gone but Not Forgotten" a phrase that really meant something in our town, and never was this more true than in the life and early death of Sammie "the Office Boy" Lieberman. Thank you for taking a few moments to remember him today.