Patty Uris was devastated by the suicide of her husband, but discovered in herself a certain steely pragmatism. Although she did sell off most of the business Stan built, she remains a silent partner in it, from which she draws an income sufficient to her needs. She lived by herself, alone but rarely lonely, a few blocks from her parents’ house in New York.
Myra Kaspbrak fared less well. Never particularly good at looking out for herself, she died of a heart attack exacerbated by her obesity a few years later.
Kay McCall eventually recovered, physically and emotionally, from her ordeal at the hands of Tom Rogan. Her experience led her to be a little more understanding of people in general and women in particular, and her later feminist writings were both more deeply felt and more deeply considered than her more youthful work. Unfortunately, the timing of them meant that they were usually seen as late second wave feminism rather than third wave feminism (of which they were in many ways a precursor, especially regarding the intersections of class and gender).
Tom Rogan, as predicted, was never found again. His movements were eventually traced to Derry, where he was presumed to have died in the flooding. He was not missed, or even much remembered, by his widow.
Mike Hanlon was the first the remaining Losers to die, but don’t feel too bad for him. He was among those who left Derry in the wake of the destruction of 1985. He moved to New York City, and returned to the trombone playing he had so loved in his youth. He never made it big, but he was a fixture in a number of house bands over the years, and died on September 10, 2001 surrounded by the friends he had made among the music-loving community of the city.
Ben Hanscom and Beverly Marsh never did tie the knot. They did, however, raise three lovely children, the youngest of whom starts college next year. Both of them continued to work in their chosen professions over the years, but less and less often, as their interest in the new family they were creating became their major priority in life – and it wasn’t like either of them needed to work for money in any case. The Hanscom children – Beverly being only too happy to let her father’s name die away – are Edward, Stanley and Arlene.
Bill Denborough and Audra Phillips did indeed find it difficult to get work in the movies after their abrupt departure from the set of their film. They survived on royalties and residuals for a few years, until Bill completed his next novel, the first part of what grew to be a epic eight volume series entitled The Wheel Unbroken. By the end of the first decade of the new century, Audra was back in the public eye as one of HBO’s favourite actors. It has recently been announced that she will be joining Game of Thrones in its final season, and fan speculation is mounting over what character she will play.
Richie Tozier returned to LA, but the life of a DJ seemed increasingly stale to him. Fortunately, having already voiced many an ad-spot, he found it easy to move into voice acting, and became one of the stalwarts of the scene. Fan polls disagree over whether he or Mark Hamill did a better Joker, but rarely by more than a percentage point or two – and in 2014, ‘Trashmouth’ played what many regard as his definitive role for the first time, when he voiced Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.