Photographer Andy Hanson, with whom Schutze and I had the absolute pleasure of working at the Dallas Times Herald, was a beloved institution in this town -- always ready to grab a photo of any quotable notable nearby. That's evidenced by even the handful of photos currently on display on the Dallas Summer Musicals' Web site promoting Hanson's exhibit currently on display at the Music Hall at Fair Park. But Steve Hall, who put together the site, confirms the sad news that began circulating early this afternoon: Hanson, who was born in Falfurrias in 1932, has died.
His body was discovered this morning by paramedics and Dallas Police officers, who were summoned to his residence by neighbors, who, at 11 a.m. today, called 911 requesting a welfare check. A Dallas County Medical Examiners Office official tells Unfair Park that Hanson had not been seen since Saturday -- a story confirmed by Hall, who says Hanson hadn't been seen in several days. Hanson, found in his hallway, was pronounced dead on the scene.
Dallas police say there is no evidence of foul play; the door to his home was secure. The ME is in the midst of conducting an autopsy, and results could be made available as soon as tomorrow. DSM's Hall says the Summer Musicals is putting together a memorial site on which staffers will begin collecting and posting memories of a man responsible for collecting so many over the years. Alllison V. Smith took these two wonderful photos of Andy in March 2007, upon the occasion of his 75th birthday. --Robert Wilonsky