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.

READ MORE: John Kelso’s column collection

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

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