Paul Evans has died. Steve Jordan remembers his old boss and friend as the whole industry comes to terms with losing one of its most inspirational characters.
So how do I go about writing an obituary for someone like Paul Evans? Well, there’s the first mistake: there is nobody like Paul Evans.
In the last 30 years I have been privileged to write tributes to many of our industry heros. I usually start in the same way, by asking other people for their comments and memories. But how can I do that for Paul? Everyone knew Paul. Everyone felt that they had a small part of him. And, probably, they did. I could have dedicated an entire issue to him, and still have stories over. It would have been an impossible task.
So, I thought I would tackle this obituary differently. I’ll tell my Paul story ...