Richard Bozulich: Alive and well after all!

Recent reports of Richard Bozulich’s death have, as Mark Twain once said, been greatly exaggerated.

Earlier this week (5 November, 2011), Go Game Guru published a report that Richard Bozulich had died. Mr Bozulich, founder of the Ishi Press and the Kiseido Publishing Company, is the author, translator or publisher of many popular Go books.

I am relieved to learn that these reports were false and, as editor, I’d like to personally apologize to everyone for our part in spreading this misinformation.

What follows is a correction of the facts. We’re publishing this article in collaboration with the American Go Association E-Journal. You can read their version of the article here.

Richard Bozulich. Photo by John Pinkerton.

Bozulich was indeed hospitalized sources tell the E-Journal, “but he is at home and OK now.”

In an email to Teddy Terpstra, Bozulich reported that “Although I was in the hospital for some surgery and experienced a minor glitch, I did survive. My ‘biographer’ did not wait around for the final prognosis and jumped to the conclusion that I had expired.”

A clearly amused Bozulich signed off “Best regards from beyond the crypt,” with assurances that “I hope to be around for another 15 years or so.”

About David Ormerod

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  1. You don’t have to appologize. The good news is good enough. Welcome “back”, Mr. Richard Bozulich 🙂

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Lionel, but I feel we do have to apologize and correct the facts, since many people learned of this false story from us.

  2. Seems Mr. Bozulich was able to handle the bad aji and live in sente. If anything good came from the announcement of his (not) death, it’s the appreciation for his life’s work, which seemed understated previously.

  3. See, this is why it’s so good to study lots of life and death problems…

  4. Adalberto Duarte says:

    I would like to congratulate the GGG team for their quickness not only to inform us about the possibility of his death, but for the prompt correction as soon as the truth was uncovered. Serious journalism and commitment to their readers is demonstrated in these two acts.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Adalberto,

      It’s kind of you to say that. Next time we’ll triple check everything and we might decide not to publish obituaries in the future…

  5. Boz Lives!!

  6. oh great news… 😀 i was worried when i saw the article

  7. Dr. Tom Stevens says:

    Richard Bozulich is running for New York City Comptroller in 2013: