November 3rd Update: There are many instances thus far that have reinforced to me the goodness manifest in the blogosphere. None though, was as powerful as a response I got from my post about the passing of Richard Merkin. While many of you posted comments about Richard in response to my heartfelt homage to him-a private email from one of Richard’s family was really touching.
I wish you could have met him. It would have blown your mind.I am amazed that you never met him and were able to write something this warm and personal. Your blog made me cry. Twice. He would have loved the piece you wrote. The photos are of the Coney Island Pier. I carved his initials after dropping his ashes off it. I would love for people to visit him there. Those two photos are where he is now. He grew up close to and spent a lot of time in Coney Island."
I’ll be in Gotham on Monday but won’t have time to go out to Coney Island and visit with Richard Merkin. Rest assured though-I will. And I think I’ll take LFG with me to say hello. I bet she and Richard would like that.