I just read that Saul Kripke has died at the age of 81. As I think I have observed on this blog, I knew Saul because he arrived at Harvard in 1959 when I was an Instructor there. I was supplementing my salary by working as a freshman advisor and one of the students to whom I was assigned was a young man who had come to Harvard from the same Omaha high school as Saul.
Saul actually attended two or three of my lectures on the Critique of Pure Reason the next year before deciding there was nothing in it of interest to him. I have some stories to tell about Saul from those days but I think I have already told them in my autobiography so I will simply note his passing here.