And so it was right on schedule that the gods elected, in the space of just a few hours, to take from us both Chuck Berry, who drew up the blueprints for the classic age of rock 'n' roll, and Jimmy Breslin, who re-invented what you can do with 18 inches of a dead tree.
Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, I was -- and yet somehow wasn't -- a co-worker of Breslin at New York Newsday in the early 1990s.
We also fear that the almost naively optimistic America that the likes of Breslin and Berry revealed to us once upon a time will be buried with them.
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