To the all of Newsvine
My name is Valerio Privitera, and now after finally sorting out my brother's papers, one of the things he left for me to do was to write this message for all his friends, and also his much "respected enemies" on Newsvine, a forum that he always considered one of the best debating societies in the world.
As you probably all know, because he wrote about it, my brother left this world, on January 11th at 3.00 am, but did so on his own terms and without excessive suffering. He is deeply mourned by his family and his friends and colleagues both in South Africa and in Europe. In the note he left me about Newsvine, he wishes to thank all the Newsviners who since he became a member engaged in debates and arguments with him, and urges them to continue writing for the PEN IS TRULY MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD.
I will be closing this account on Friday evening, as I am not of the intellectual caliber of my brother, and though not always agreeing with some of his stances, he always pushed me to think and analyse issues. He was a great brother, and I will miss him greatly.
So ladies and gentlemen of this respected Forum, if you want to write any last comments, please do so before Friday as I sure that wherever my brother is now he will still be happy to read.
From the Privitera family to all of you on this Forum, thank you.
Villa Vittoria Estates
Paarl, South Africa