Ed Koch, the man who presided over New York as the city's mayor from 1978 to 1989, passed away today.
He was an extraordinary man, a dedicated public servant who made a huge difference in the lives of millions of citizens.
His personality was larger than life, as can been seen in filmmaker Neil Barsky's comprehensive chronicling of Ed Koch's life, times and achievements, in the new biodoc and tribute film, Koch.
As circumstance would have it, the film was screened to enthusiastic audiences just this past Tuesday, at New York's IFC Center.
I wonder, Mr. Mayor, whether you saw your documentary, and loved it as much as audiences do.
RIP Ed Koch. You will be much missed. Thankfully this strangely timely release of Koch will keep your memory alive, and allow all the people who weren't around here to experience you in person get to know you in cinema.
(PHOTO: 'Koch' Poster Art. Courtesy Zeitgeist Films.)