Ronald Bruce Link so named by his mother after Ronald Colman and Bruce Cabot started out in theater as a stage manager for the Fantasticks, Little Mary Sunshine, and Leave It to Jane. I met him at a Village dive called Lenny's Hideaway, and later he designed the stark-white asylum set for my play The Bed(1965) at Caffe Cino. Following this, Ronnie as everyone called him served as director for my next opus, Why Tuesday Never Has a Blue Monday(1966), with Marilyn Roberts playing a Monroe-like movie star on the verge of a nervous breakdown, produced by Ellen Stewart at La MaMa on Second Avenue.
Ron died in a Los Angeles hospital of heart failure on June 7, leaving behind his longtime companion, Dan Gerrity; his brother Carson of New York; and his mother Rita and sister Elizabeth, both of Columbus, Ohio. Columbus was the same town Tom Eyen was from, and in the old Village days these two best pals became a happy duet, spontaneously bursting into their own rendition of a song from Wonderful Town, chanting in an uproarious style at parties, in a bar, or on the street: "Why oh why oh why oh why did we ever leave Ohio? Maybe we'd better go O-H-I-O. Maybe we'd better go home."