I didn't realize until this week that we'd lost our old friend Arnold Savage just around Christmas time last year. We'd been writing each other for decades (he was an old-school letter writer.)
Christmas was always important to him and he made dozens of hand-made collage cards to send each year.
About ten years ago Karla Menaugh and I drove to visit him in his lovely little Ohio house. We had to go because for years Arnold had been sending me swatches of fabric he'd found in the attic of the house, which had been in his family for generations. I had to see that attic.
a lot of boxes under the beds.
"Arnold was an accomplished cellist, playing first chair for the Cleveland Philharmonic and fourth chair for the Cincinnati Symphony for over 20 years. Arnold was also an accomplished figure skater, competing until the 1980's when he turned 62. He was part of the famed US figure skating team in the 1950's and 1960's, and fortunately was not on the 1961 flight that killed all the US members travelling to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Arnold continued his passion for skating as a judge for state and regional competitions until the 1990's, and taught at Oberlin College in northern Ohio." From his obituary.
I know he sent many other friends (and places like the Quilters Hall of Fame) swatches and letters about quilts and fabrics. He will be remembered with fondness and gratitude.