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Tue, Mar. 13th, 2007, 03:59 pm
Farewell, Linda Stoops, and Communal Plaque
I am sorry to relate the news that Linda Stoops of MillenniCon has passed away today. She did lots of the necessary busy-work that makes MillenniCon so friendly -- making awards, donating things for the kids' programming, running room parties at other conventions, going all-out for the Chocolate Party.
Pat and Christy are, obviously, kinda busy right this second. They're not sure anything can be got together for this year (although they're planning big already for next year). But I think we can at least spend a few minutes at my concert Saturday saying goodbye to Linda, and Dave Alway, and a few other absent friends.
I want to have something lyrically ready for Saturday. And, honestly, my brain is a little fried right now, and what isn't is focused on several songs that are up against deadlines. Please help me out here and remind me of who we need to celebrate from the very recent past.
Tue, Mar. 13th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Taken from my News Page
(and preceding months), where you can find short obits:
From 2007. For 2006, see my In Memoriam Page
Fred Mustard Stewart
Ian RichardsonLee Hoffman
Charles L. Fontenay
Robert Anton Wilson
Tue, Mar. 13th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
markiv1111: Deaths, and to remember
Tom, I'm willing to bet that you have been to at least one or two Midwestern cons where Jack McKenty, the wonderful bass player who did some solos (remember his electric bass "Malaguena"?) was also playing. He died about two months ago of infectious hepatitis. His Baha'i faith kept him going, and he was at a very calm and philosophical place. "If I die, I die." He died surrounded by people who loved him, and he was to be buried (and presumably has been buried) at a Baha'i holy place, where Baha'is will be coming to pray for the next thousand years. I miss him. (I don't know if you realize, because you and I bonded rapidly and well, that I usually really have trouble making friends with my fellow men rather than women. But Jack was always such a peaceable and gentle guy that I did far, far better with him than with an awful lot of other people, and he is also the only person ever to give me a bass lesson.) His father, Jack McKenty Senior, who had two short stories in *Galaxy* in the early 1950s and also read the Galaxy magazine slush pile, predeceased him by about two weeks.
Tue, Mar. 13th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
filkertom: Re: Deaths, and to remember
Thanks for reminding me, Nate, and this is exactly the kind of reminder I mean. I did note Jack's death at the time, but it's slipped my mind since.
Tue, Mar. 13th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
It was through Linda that I met my first wife, mariasmom
(aka R), at the Ohio Renaissance Festival waaaaay back in 1992.
If there are any memorials for Linda, please pass them on to me so that I may pass them on to R.
Wed, Mar. 14th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
A few fen from the Michigan area who we need to also remember include:
Jim Overmeyer - Former ConClave Committee member, many panels, including the important intro to fandom panels. Since he was easily spotted the remainder of the weekend, he was the neo-fan's person to go to for many questions.
Nancy Denenburg - Wife of Eric K, past ConFusion chair. Nancy, when in better health was seen on healthy fen and religion diversity panels.
Howard DeVore - Big Hearted Howard
Many more on Page 14 of the Conclave 2006 book.