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Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:56:29 -0500
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Subject: Bill Erwin
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From: "Kevin J. Bochynski" <[log in to unmask]>
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We wanted to share the news of the passing of Bill Erwin, a valued friend
and long-time member of the Mark Twain Forum. Bill died at the age of 96 on
December 29, 2010, at his home in Studio City, CA. Many Forum members may
remember Bill from the 2001 conference at Elmira. He officially retired from
acting at 91 after a career that spanned seven decades. Bill was an avid
reader and lover of Mark Twain and appeared many times as Twain in print and
television ads. He also played "Harvey Wilks" in the 1975 TV-movie,
"Huckleberry Finn." Bill wrote, produced, and starred in the 1997 one-man
show, "Twisted Twain."

Though it is hard to lose a wonderful friend at any age, we are comforted to
know that Bill had a great life. When asked, he always responded that the
accomplishment of which he was most proud was his loving family.

Kevin and Pegge Bochynski