Artie Shaw, Fly Fisher

December 31, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

Some folks are old enough to remember Artie Shaw — Big Band-leader, clarinetist and arranger — but most don’t know that Mr. Shaw left music in part to work on his fly fishing. As this piece on NPR.org notes, “Shaw once said his epitaph should read, ‘He did the best he could with the material he had.’ Then he changed it — to ‘Go Away.'” Mr. Shaw died just after Christmas at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 94.