Following up on Rump's thoughtful words, we would be remiss in our 3d DCA Watch duties if we did not address this momentous Bunker event:
Indeed, Judge Schwartz' unforgettable lasting legacy has led none other than Sir Elton John to compose a special tribute, sung (as always) to the tune of "Candle in the Wind":Judge Alan R. Schwartz retires from the Third DCAOn September 30, 2013 after serving the Third District Court of Appeal for more than thirty-five years, Judge Alan R. Schwartz will retire as senior judge. Judge Alan R. Schwartz will be missed. His lasting legacy on this Court will never be forgotten.
Goodbye Alan R.
Though I never knew you at all
Because you had the grace to turn your chair around
While those around you looked normally at counsel table
They crawled out of the concrete woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They said "use your gut judge use your gut"
And they made you get mad at us for not getting to the point quick enough
And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a Robed One Extraordinaire
Never knowing who to rule against
When swilling coffee in that putzy little coffee room
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just third chair
Your Robe faded from excessive use and decades of dry cleaning long before
Your wit and intelligence ever did
Being the smartest guy around was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Your intellect created a superstarI mean that -- he will definitely be missed.
And suffering fools was the price you paid
Even when you retired
Oh the urge to rule still hounded you
So you sat on circuit court appeals and panels of all sorts
Was that Alan R. in the 73 West Flagler bathroom?
Goodbye Alan R.
From the young lawyer sitting in the 22nd row
Who sees you as something more than a brainy legendary judge
More than just the most Resplendently Robed One to ever inhabit the Bunker