Who hasn’t read the book or seen the movie Love Story? It was a mainstay of 1970s literature. It is with sadness that I learned that Erich Segal passed away today from a heart attack. He was 72 years old. Read the obituaries from the New York Times and ABC News .
Love Story the movie had a perfact cast: Ryan O’Neal, Ali McGraw, Ray Milland, and my favorite, the MG TC that Ryan and Ali drove around in. In addition to Love Story, Segal wrote a sequel, Oliver’s Story in 1977, which was also adapted for film.
While Segal was classics scholar, obtaining a doctorate at Harvard and teaching at several ivy league schools, he will be remembered by me for writing Love Story and the script for the animated Beatles film, Yellow Submarine. I think that a viewing of Love Story is in order in the near future. I’m pretty sure I have enough tissues.
-posted by Ed, Reference Services