I do not apologize for saying, once again, that obituaries are the cutting edge of modern journalism. I get my best ones in The Economist, which has a knack for doing right by the sung and the unsung. Case in point: Jack A. Weil, the man who puts snaps (press-studs), fancy yokes, pocket flaps and deep cuffs onto the western shirt and turned it into a fashion icon.

I’ll pay proper homage next time I’m in Denver and not dead.

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