This is a story about love. It’s a story about bad things happening to good people, about memory and perseverance — and comic books. But most of all, it’s a story about a voice. A mellow, smooth voice, just right for late-night jazz.
The voice belonged to David Rector, who was a producer here at NPR, going all the way back to the days of magnetic tape and razor blades. David left NPR in 2008 and moved to California to be with his fiancee and pursue his dreams of on-air work — but it didn’t happen. He suffered an aortic dissection — a tear in a major blood vessel — then a series of crises in the hospital that ultimately left him unable to speak or walk. Now his fiancee, Roz Alexander-Kasparik, is helping give him a voice again, in the pages of an autobiographical superhero comic called Recall and Given.
David was a quiet guy, but he had an encyclopedic knowledge of movies, pop culture and especially comic books. “I tended to be a Marvel comics person, he was a DC guy,” recalls Bob Malesky — David’s boss for many years at Weekend Edition. “We tended to get into rather detailed arguments.”