St. Louis Post-Dispatch Movie Critic Killed in Car Crash

A passionate fan of film (and the drive-ins that still screened them), Joe Williams was 56.

JoeWilliamsTwitterPic2014On Rotten Tomatoes, Joe Williams led off his list of favorite movies with It’s a Wonderful Life. And in his case, in real life, it certainly was.

From today’s terrible news that the longtime St. Louis Post-Dispatch movie critic was killed Sunday night in a single-vehicle car crash, as he drove possibly to an area drive-in theater:

“I never met anyone who loved working for the Post-Dispatch more than Joe,” said Paul Hampel, a Post-Dispatch colleague and close friend. “He never even took half his vacation each year. He loved the movies, he loved the paper and he loved his friends.”

Hampel said his friend was “a modern Jack Kerouac.”

“He loved Route 66; he was just a vagabond. Hardly had a penny to his name. When he got his paycheck, he put it in his tank and hit the road. He tried to live life to his fullest and see the world.”

Last month, Williams – a frequent visitor to the West Coast – tried out Airbnb for the first time during a visit to Los Angeles:


Previously on FishbowlNY:
St. Louis Critic Frames James Dean’s 80th Birthday

[Photo shown was posted by Williams in May 2014, with the tweet caption: ‘And now a message from my favorite place under heaven;’ H/T: Romenesko]