Nite Owl Trink gives last hoot

Nite Owl Trink gives last hoot

Bernard Trink, one of the most memorable figures in the long history of the Bangkok Post, has passed away at the age of 89.

He had been ill and was being treated at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, where he died of a blood infection on Tuesday night, said his wife Aree Trink.

He is survived by his wife and two children. His cremation will be held at Sala 5, Wat That Thong, at 2pm today.

Trink was best known for his Nite Owl column, a freewheeling weekly chronicle of the seamier side of the city's vibrant nightlife scene. The column had a devoted following, mainly among expatriates.

When he wasn't combing local nightlife haunts for material, Trink had a prolific sideline as a book reviewer for the Post. Every story was composed on a manual typewriter.

Born in New York in 1931, Trink came to Bangkok in the mid-1960s and taught English before taking over the Nite Owl column in 1966 at the now defunct Bangkok World.

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