The Tributes

By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin

Prior to 2016, Death of the Press Box wrote exactly one homage and that was more of a construction update on the Cal Neva hotel and casino. This year, in accordance with the changing conditions of the social, political, environmental and economic landscape that reversed the course of the conversation (mostly, in the favor of Russian hackers and Scott Baio), the site’s scope and tone changed mightily as well.

No longer were the Big 4 (NBA, NFL, MLB and The Golden Girls) sports our prime topics. We dipped mightily into environmental and political coverage and saw growth and expansion in the expository work of our Pints and Picks feature.

But the big news of the year was the seemingly daily barrage of someone or something being taken away for good. It even spawned a subhead on the site simply entitled: Death.

It is custom each year as the clock ticks down to single hours for sites like this to roll out the “Best-of” and we will oblige. But before the final calendar page is unmercifully torn from 2016, we would also like to revisit and bid a final farewell (for now) to who and what we have lost.

Many on the names you will recognize, others belong to close friends or colleagues. Others yet are the end of concepts and ideas that helped shaped the world it turns out we only thought we knew.

Oh, and also there’s the Elephant Bar.

Thank you for your continued support. May you be safe in your journeys this holiday season and may you drink one for spite, one for hope, one for those who cannot, one for love.

…And then pour a big old tall one for you — because you, after all, are still here.

  • Kyle & AJ

Is there Life on Earth after Bowie?

Merle knew what it’s like to walk the Streets of Bakersfield. As it turns out, you might too

In Prince’s eyes I saw something better than myself

The day I fell for Alan Rickman


Arnold Palmer and the Past Perfect

Garry Marshall raised me

One More For Coach

Everything I needed to know about working, I learned from Bill Cunningham

If an over-financed, under-loved climber is injured or dead on Everest, it must be May

Why I Will Miss Anton Yelchin Like Crazy

Sunday Morning in America

The things we learn from the people who are gone

To my father on his 70th

So Long Grey Lady

Turns out the Eagles didn’t totally suck

Gene Wilder wasn’t funny which is what made him hilarious

Jose Fernandez is the embodiment of a spirit we seem to have lost

The Earth is thawing out the next five unstoppable human-destroying plagues at this very moment and all people can talk about is effing Donald Trump, Ryan Lochte and Colin Kaepernick

For Tanya

I am none of the surprised that 2016 stole Alan Thicke from us just under the wire

No George Michael, I will not accept your resignation from this life…especially NOT on Christmas

We owe it to Carrie Fisher to keep fighting

The most notable death of 2016: The GOP

The Elephant Bar is where dreams went to die were they to have known they were dreams in the first place