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This Day In History, 1992: Death of Isaac Asimov

On April 6, 1992, in the early morning hours, Isaac Asimov passed away. At the time, it was reported that his death was due to kidney failure. Ten years later, his wife Janet Jeppson Asimov revealed that Isaac had contracted HIV during the blood transfusions he received while undergoing heart bypass surgery in 1983.

I had a lot of strong personal feelings about Asimov, and I knew him tangentially. I wrote an article about my experiences with him for the fanzine Mimosa back in 1997 (edited by rwl and nwl). You can find the article on my own webpage here; or you can read the article as it was originally published, with the original illustrations, here.

For more information on Asimov, there is a Wikipedia entry on Isaac Asimov at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov

And finally, an excellent resource is the Asimov Online page at http://www.asimovonline.com

I still miss him.


He was, by all accounts, a fine fellow. You're a lucky man.

I miss Eeyore's. It was pivotal in shaping my own career.
Ironically, my Dad and I went to see a talk he gave in NYC about a year before he died. One of the things he spoke about was how sick Arthur C. Clarke was at the time, and that he probably wouldn't be around much longer...
That's a touching article of yours. Asimov continues to be missed. I'm glad you got to meet him a few times.
Didn't realize it had been that long... (sigh)
It's been my habit, since 1994, to re-read I. Asimov at the beginning of each April. I'm almost through it again, for the 13th time, and I never get tired of it. (I usually follow it up with In Memory Yet Green and In Joy Still Felt. I think I might have those books memorized someday.)

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