Apologies for being away from my post for a number of days, and I return now with the sad news that the Encyclopedia Virginia blog has lost one of its biggest fans: Tom Wolfe, of Davenport, Iowa. You may remember him for his silly notes or for his provocative (and perhaps not entirely defensible) comparison of Robert E. Lee with Hitler and Stalin. We often disagreed, but what we forever shared was a love of history. You can see it in the photograph below the jump. He could have talked to that dude all day.