I was stunned to hear of the news of Robert Sklar's death, especially, given the circumstances: a bicycle accident in Barcelona.
I had read his seminal work, Movie Made America years before I had the pleasure of meeting him when I worked for Films, Inc. a distributor of feature films in 16mm format for showings in non-theatrical settings. Not only was he one of my customers, but I arranged several screenings of some of the more obscure Bogart, Cagney and, in particular, John Garfield films (we had an extensive collection of RKO titles) for his book, City Boys: Cagney, Bogart, Garfield, for which he was gracious enough to give me an acknowledgment when the book was published several years later.
He was one of the primary figures to establish the link between studies of popular culture and social history.
Another role for which he was less well known was as one of the founders of Rotisserie League Baseball, i.e. fantasy league baseball.
Rest in peace, Bob.
I'm really getting tired of writing obituaries . . .