12 May 2001
Douglas Adams died today at 49. I have fond memories of reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy out loud with a group of friends crammed into the back of a van on a church trip, laughing hysterically, censoring the naughty bits as we read. Adams had a remarkable knack for pointing out how ridiculous the Universe could be, and he made us all feel okay with being a little geeky.
“There are of course many problems connected with life, of which some of the most popular are ‘Why are people born?’ ‘Why do they die?’ and ‘Why do they spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches?’”
—Douglas Adams, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide