I very recently learned through my Facebook friendship with Joe that he has passed away. Joe contributed to Dance Forum for some time, and I can say (with a smile on my face) that some of his exchanges with other members were "lively". He shared many of his experiences in the LA dance scene in the 50s. Look for posts by Black Sheep and Uncle Joe. I'm not really prepared to write a fitting memorial, but may do a page on him in wikipedia. Joe's web site is still up and running at http://www.lindybylanza.com/ I'm not exactly sure why (Joe was kind enough to share part of himself with me), but I am greatly saddened by his passing. While ministers of one church consistently opposed dancing, the priests of the Catholic Church were not so severe, and in some instances even favored dancing. "Do the saints dance in heaven?", wrote a nun in the first part of the 16th century, "dancing will be essential there for the strong, well-built bodies of the saints". "There would have to be dancing (in heaven) for the itching soles of" those "whose whole life on earth is a dancing school", wrote well known Catholic priest Zsigmond Csuzy in the first part of the 18th century."