While ghostwriting a book not long ago, collaborating with its subject, an incident from years before came up involving an interchange with Ed Bruce.
My collaborator was reluctant to agree to the fact-checking, which would mean a call to Ed was in order. It seemed that, with the passage of time and a suspicion that Ed might not receptive to such a call, the prospect of a such a conversation would produce an awkward moment.
I argued that necessity and accuracy demanded the call be made. It was, Ed could not have been more gracious and my collaborator could not have been more relieved.
Having encountered Ed briefly several times over the years, and admired his versatility and artistry, this last observation is not a bad sayonara.