There are millions of less fortunate others, of course, who did not/do not know who this man was, or what he did for a living. Dickie Bird was one of them.
At a swimming pool in Bridgetown, Barbados, Bird bumped into the man he could have scarcely ignored.
“Luciano Pavarotti, tenor,” came the cavernous introduction from the other side.
“Dickie Bird, Test match umpire,” came the feeble reply.
Zubin Mehta conducts Pavarotti
Photo courtesy: Suzanne Plunkett/ The Associated Press
Read the tributes: Pavarotti, born on October 12, dies at 71