Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 8:55 pm

RIP Melanie Mattson

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lex @ 8:55 pm

I was shocked to learn only today of the death of my friend, ex-co-worker and fellow blogger Melanie Mattson. Melanie wrote Just a Bump on the Beltway, which was at, although cybersquatters appear to have taken over that domain since her death. Some of her postings are here.

Melanie and I worked together at Davidson College’s classical-music station, WDAV-FM, in the early 1980s. We’d kept in touch sporadically in recent years. Among other things, she blogged tirelessly on the subject of possible bird-flu pandemics and the ability, or lack thereof, of our public-health infrastructure to respond. Some of that information has made its way into the mainstream media.

Melanie was bright, dedicated and generous. And I can’t believe she’s gone.


  1. Holy crap! Very sad – sorry to hear that. She was quite a writer and it sounds like quite a person.

    Comment by Tony Plutonium — Wednesday, November 12, 2008 10:42 pm @ 10:42 pm

  2. Lex – I remember Melanie well from WDAV days but hadn’t kept up with her writing and blogging career. She really was an oustanding person who left everything she touched the richer for it. A very sad day & my deepest sympathy goes to her friends and family.

    Comment by Nick — Friday, November 14, 2008 11:25 am @ 11:25 am

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