Our friend and colleague Leslie Witt has died. If you had to wake up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning over the last forty years, Leslie probably helped you manage it with her upbeat and pleasant exhortations. She loved music and loved going to shows. According to her husband, Chuck, at the top of her list were Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, Iggy Pop at Lollapalooza, the Los Lobos unveiling ‘Kiko’ at the Riv, and Bob Marley and the Wailers at the Uptown Theater. Leslie was fighting ovarian cancer, and kept going to shows until the very end – her last included Tom Petty and Mudcrutch at the Riv and Paul Simon at Ravinia.
She was also a reporter for WBEZ in the ’80s, right up until the birth of her first child, Kay in 1987. Kay, son Kurt and husband Chuck Reichenbach appreciate your condolences and ask that if you want to remember Leslie with a donation, you can give to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, at ovarian-cancer-dot-org
There’s other news in the world: the police shootings in Baton Rouge, the end of a coup in Turkey, the GOP convention in Cleveland, the Cubs and White Sox losing.
Yes, the world is messed up and we lost Leslie. If you would consider doing something kind today in her name, that would also be a good way to remember her. Thanks.