Rest in peace: Kyle Smith

Rest in peace: Kyle Smith

Today, we mourn the loss of the UBooze Editor in Chief Kyle P. Smith.

“He was an adequate man,” Arts Editor Natalie Riopelle said of the former editor in chief.

He is best known for his role as “Dolls” in his high school’s production of “Guys and Dolls.” A fellow cast member once said, “The way he danced and sang his way across the stage brought tears to my eyes.” Always one to toot his own horn, Smith agreed that he was much better than all of the other performers.

Smith could often be seen in his free time throwing rugby balls, wearing camo and dinosaur print shorts and combing his beard, or something like that.

He had a humble understanding of world events and he always made sure everyone knew it. As a Texan, this understanding was strongly informed by his father’s service to this country. His father fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo when Smith was only a child. He wanted to follow in his father’s noble footsteps, but was too flat-footed, so instead he started working at the UBooze.

Smith was not perfect. He once allowed a former copy editor’s laptop to fall onto the floor. It needed many repairs. That was a bad day for Smith. In fact, most days were bad days for Smith. There was one good day in 1996. He spoke of it often.

Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was only having to be asked to step down from the editor-in-chief position once.

His biggest regret is not stepping down from his position when given the chance.

He died in a tragic golf-cart crash while delivering the April Fools’ edition of the UBooze across campus on March 30, 2017. He always said that is how he would have wanted to go.

If Kyle were alive today, he would be exactly the same age he is now, plus however many days it’s been since publication.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you buy an ad in the UBooze.


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