From time to time, a project member or interested reearcher reports to me that the Administrator of a project that we support has died. Most of time, that's true and knowing of the event allows me to do whatever is needed in that project - such as updating results, removing the Administrator's name and email address from the project and making my name/email visible as Interim Admin if needed, ... etc.
Recently, though - I had notice that an Administrator who has served his project long and faithfully had died 4 years ago. I went to check the project and my files and found that I had last corresponded with him 2 years ago and that the results page was slightly out of date. I updated the Results and sent the Administrator an email to see if he would respond or if I would get a failed email address. Within a day or two, I received an email from him stating that he was alive and kicking.
We swapped emails chuckling about the false alarm (I hadn't actually said that I heard he was dead - but he guessed it or heard it somewhere else) Then, he came back with a great comment:
"Mark Twain said it best: “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Actually, he never said that but this is one of the many variations that have come down over the ages…..kind of like some of our paper trail genealogies."
I hope you grinned or chuckled after reading this.