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Gladys Martinez, Author of “Gentle Keith” Dead at 85

November 5, 2015 Leave a comment

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By Bernie Keebler

By Bernie Keebler

Gladys Martinez, author of the popular young adult novel “Gentle Keith” has died. She was 85.

Martinez was eaten by a pelican.

“Gentle Keith”, which was published in 1968, has long been a beloved Lankville novel. It has sold over 600,000,000 copies.

Gladys Martinez is dead.

Gladys Martinez is dead.

“It’s an affectionate coming-of-age story about a dog in the medieval times,” said Martinez’ agent Doyle Alexander. “The dog must choose between the comfort of the kingdom or the freedom of the hills. Well, I won’t spoil it but, let’s just say, the dog makes the right decision.”

Alexander chortled loudly and a soda was flipped off his desk in the process causing confusion.

Martinez was born in 1930 in the Snowy Lake Regions. She was briefly a reporter for the Lankville Daily News and also wrote for several popular periodicals.

“She claimed that she had a long dream about Gentle Keith,” said Martinez’ son Dennis by phone. “And she woke up from the dream and she began writing. And the rest is history.”

Martinez was also the author of 14 other juvenile novels including Last Chance for Hippo, The Reckoning, and Pretty Gold Parties in the Lost Cities.

She is survived by 4 children, 48 grandchildren, and 298 great-grandchildren.

Otis Nixon: 1955-2015

October 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Obits

By Otho Ump

By Otho Ump

Infamous Lankville lurker and recent Daily News columnist Otis Nixon has died. He was 59.

Nixon was walking in a field when he was suddenly blown into the woods and destroyed. He was, allegedly, not lurking.

Otis Nixon has died.

Otis Nixon has died.

Nixon, who became reformed from lurking several years ago, was retired from the Grebov Brothers Telescope Company. He was a member of the Koala Bears and Walnuts Club and is survived by a wife (3 out of 10) and two children.

“Otis was a good man, I knew him,” said next-door neighbor Paul Quantrill, a prison guard. “He liked to edge his driveway. We commented on that.”

Nixon penned a piece on the perils of lurking two days ago. It was one of the Lankville Daily News’ most popular articles.

“I think it helped people,” said editor Marles Cundiff. “We’ll miss Otis.”

Relatives, friends and former lovers are invited to visit at the Life Lessons Funeral Home of the Southern Lankville Peninsula, Inc., on Friday, October 16, from 2pm to 4pm, 6pm to 8pm and again at 2am if you’re up for it. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 17, 11:00am at the Great Christ Tube Church of the Southern Lankville Peninsula.