- Just before she died, friends said, Ms. Strauss scribbled her own epitaph on a piece of paper: "It was a wild ride, folks, thanks to my beloved family and friends."
... She had a reputation for "knowing everybody in town and being known by everyone," said former San Francisco Examiner travel editor Georgia Hesse. She could drop names like a champ. "Benny" was Benny Goodman, "Frank" was Sinatra, and "Ella" was Fitzgerald.
She knew them all, and they all knew her.