Late yesterday, with the words, “It’s enough already,” Today movie and book critic Gene Shalit, the man who Wikipedia says is known for his “frequent use of puns, his oversize handlebar moustache, and for wearing colorful bowties,” retired from his illustrious post. At press time, it is uncertain who will inherit a mantle of such intimidating legacy, such fantastic facial hair, such sartorial splendor.
Where to turn in such desperate times to pay tribute to the man? The answer is Twitter. More specifically, Twitter user Evan Minsker and his wonderful hashtag #geneshalitbandnames. Some highlights include: MeShalit Ndegeocello, Broken Social Gene, And You Shalit Know Us By the Trail, and of course, Gene Day.