On Friday, Austin lost one of its most hilarious voices. John Kelso, the American-Statesman’s longtime humor columnist, died from complications after a recent fall. He was 73.
Kelso started writing his columns in 1977. He retired in 2011, but he did not let a little thing like that stop him from punching up the pages of the Statesman with his everyman wit. His last Statesman column was published July 2.
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What with being a fixture in the lives of readers across Austin for four decades, Kelso’s fans are legion. Here’s a sample of the condolences and memories shared on social media Friday.
Wow. RIP. The only guy publicly to not scream "fire them" (actually the opposite) , when LB got put in jail . Ill always be thankful https://t.co/N7LikAgWvo— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) July 28, 2017
One of my favorite Kelso columns was on the virtues of the Frost Bank tower architecture: "giant nose clippers in the sky"— Mike Bousquet (@bousqatx) July 28, 2017
Kelso did more than his fair share of keeping Austin weird. And, man, will we miss him. @statesman https://t.co/mkRHXHaXE4— Senator Kirk Watson (@KirkPWatson) July 28, 2017
I worked @statesman for a short time while in college and it was a thrill to meet him, a true Austin legend. RIP John Kelso. https://t.co/qmjwe0qF2l— Elaine Aradillas (@elaineja) July 28, 2017
Heartbreaking news of man who embodied everything great about Austin. Such a bittersweet obit by another longtime @statesman writer. https://t.co/3P29uxZ0IY— Matthew Duarte (@matthew_duarte) July 28, 2017
RIP John Kelso. Incredibly funny man and a hell of a writer! I was his fan long before ever meeting him. Condolences @statesman— Chris Walker (@WalkerATX) July 28, 2017
No! OMG, as a native Austinite, Kelso has always been synonymous w @statesman for me. You just take for granted they'll be around forever.— Leah Nyfeler (@Leahruns100) July 28, 2017
John Kelso was one of the anchors that has made the @statesman as unique & original as a hometown newspaper can be. https://t.co/WA70Q6gz9J— Mark Pannes (@SandyMcFiddish) July 28, 2017
So sad about Kelso, one of the best journalists ever. When I left @statesman, he called me at home to wish me the best. A very sweet memory. https://t.co/zJJp4LoC4n— Sandra Santos (@sandrasantos) July 28, 2017