Rodale was an early advocate of sustainable agriculture and organic farming in the United States. As an author, his work included several magazines and books, including books featuring different authors, on the subject of health. He popularized the term "organic" as a term for growing food without pesticides. Rodale also published works on other topics, including The Synonym Finder. Rodale died after suffering a fatal heart attack while appearing as a guest on a segment of The Dick Cavett Show.
Among my growing list of topics promised but not delivered was a report on a comedy festival I attended recently in Norfolk, Neb. I got an award there, but let that pass. But this one, the Great American Comedy Festival, had good promise. Among the reasons for saying yes was that Robert Klein would be there and that these particular aspirants to the jesting trade had been expertly selected.