The 300th Post: Another Step on a Really Random Walk

by Bob Schwartz

Phenom 300
This is the 300th post on this blog. More enduring and regular than some blogs, less than so many others.

This blog has been a random walk through a whole lot of thoughts and words. It’s true that more focus on any one of the dozens of topics might attract more readers, but it would be much less fun and satisfying and liberating. My past and future blogs have had and will have more discrete subjects. For now, though, and for this 300th post, a fine mess will have to do.

Thank you for reading and listening, however long you’ve been here. I hope that on any given day one of you gets a little something out of it. If you like it, as some say you do, please tell others to visit.

For the occasion, here is a brief list of Essentials, People Edition. It is a short selection of those whose life or work has spoken to me in some lasting way. Like the blog, it is a random walk. Like the blog, it is light years from comprehensive. Like the blog, faithful readers will find a pretty good sketch of me in the list.

If there are names you don’t know but find intriguing, check them out. All have something enriching, exciting or entertaining to offer, and some offer all three. If ever my mind is compromised, maybe to the point that loved ones are sadly strangers to me, I hope they might bring me to the list and say: these are some of the people who helped make you and your world. And in the names I would revel again for the first time and find a little of myself there.

Abraham Joshua Heschel
Ahmet Ertegun
Albert Hofmann
Armistad Maupin
Barbara Jordan
Buckminster Fuller
Dogen Zenji
Douglas Sirk
Erik Satie
Hermann Hesse
Ian Ballantine
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Joan Didion
Joe Shuster & Jerry Siegel
John Coltrane
Joni Mitchell
Kodo Sawaki Roshi
Kurt Vonnegut
Lenny Bruce
Marshall McLuhan
Phil Spector
Phyllis Tickle
Preston Sturges
Rabindranath Tagore
Ram Dass
Ramana Maharshi
Robert Funk
Robert Kennedy
Robert Lewis Shayon
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Stewart Brand
The Beatles
Thomas Merton
Tom Stoppard
William Copley
Willie Mays