CINCINNATI -- It was many years ago but I still remember the night Billy Magnus introduced himself at Arthur’s in Hyde Park. He didn’t need to tell me he was my old friend Edie’s younger brother, the resemblance was apparent.
Our paths crossed periodically over the ensuing years. Usually in a bar. Four years ago while having dinner with our old friends Shelli and Ira Joe Fisher in a charming Stamford, Conn. restaurant, Edie buckled my knees with news that her brother had died. Billy she told me, had died in a drug-related incident in 2006. All that potential, all that warmth, all that personality, gone at 46.
Edie leveled me again last year when she related how her sister Eleanor had likewise succumbed to an addiction to alcohol. Two bright, loving, aware people, cursed with an abnormal metabolism relative to alcohol and other mind-altering substances.
WCPO Insiders can read about Magnus' work with a new fundraising organization that has Janson jumping off a Downtown Cincinnati building on Thursday Aug. 7.