Jonathan Winters passed away today, leaving the world with one less voice of mirth and laughter. Although it is not widely remembered, Winters was a frequent visitor to Nevada City in the past. I never encountered him personally, but I do recall the stories from those who did. My own memory is sketchy on the details, but I believe he was somehow related to the family that ran Alpha Hardware. As a lark, he would sometimes work the counter, befuddling the local customers with his talent for creating funny characters. Wish I knew more about it. Anyone else out there remember these stories?