Joseph Kennedy (1948-2012) was an archaeologist, historian, and author, who devoted much of his later career to the study of American Samoa. I have assembled here a small monument garden to Joe--a brief memoir, my foreword to his book Tropical Frontier: America's South Sea Colony, and an article by Joe about what it means to be an archaelogist, "The Sitting Man."
It has been almost a year since Joe Kennedy died. I got a call. He had just not woken up that morning. Cindy thought I should be among the first to know. Cindy worked for Joe, was another of his loyal fans. She was crying over the phone. They were dying off now, all the people who meant something, who made sense and made you laugh. One by one the ultimate sniper was picking them off—a heart attack here, a brain tumor there, sudden fatal cancers. Not waking up was a new one. Way to go, Joey.