From: Robet Bunney
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 95 08:24:36 -700 Subject: Jerry I can not describe the loss, it is immense. AS i type this it still is far from real. Jerry changed my life and for that I am For Ever GaaRATEFUL. My life can only get better as I am touched again and again by another Garcia moment. Jerry thanks for the endless hours of Pleasure you have given me to persue.I will always share all my music of yours with one and all, I will spread your joy. Jerry will forever live on. Family, I am deeply sorry for you but also feel relief that Jerry's pain is now gone,he can rest in peace, That is most clear. Jerry had his wings before he arrived, Jerry was ,is an Angel, sweet,soft and true. To the Band- Please don't let the Grateful Dead die. Jerry would never have wanted it that way. The World deeeply needs a Grateful Dead. That is all I can say. Jerry,Jerry,JERRY we all love you and wish we had your view of heaven because we too would rather be with you, be WITH YOU, RATHER BE WITH YOU.:) :)... Love to all those that Jerry touched Never ever Turn out your Lovelight, LET IT SHINE LET IT SHINE!! One of Jerrys kids, Rob. .
From: email@example.com Date: Sun, 13 Aug 95 15:05:48 -700 Condolences from Stefano and Marina, Rome, Italy 13 Aug 1995. We sing and play folk music. Everytime we'll play and sing we'll remember Jerry's music. Stefano Pogelli firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 95 11:37:00 -0700 From: chuck sanderson
Subject: Jerry Garcia As I lay my head and cry I think of Jack Straw, a Brown-Eyed Girl and Casey Jones. As I keep on Truckin through this life I regret an era has passed. God bless the Garcia family, My thoughts are with you. Good-bye Jerry. Life won't be the same. A fan from forever, Chuck
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 1995 11:54:56 EDT From: SERV99A@prodigy.com (DR MARILYN KLAINBERG) Subject: condolences he was brilliant and will be missed! Marilyn Klainberg
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 95 19:31:40 -0700 From: "Roger M. L\ivy"
Byebye Jerry I send you many greetings from the alps in Switzerland. Fly over! Thank you for all this years Byebye Roger
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 95 13:06:06 -0500 From: jeff evans
Subject: thank you Jai Guru Dev Jerry You touched my heart and soul and helped me learn the feeling of love on Earth. You are with us all always. Enjoy the celebrations in heaven and keep moving on with the lessons you have ahead so you can keep inspiring the rest of us. Love always, Jeff
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 95 13:17:42 -0400 From: Willard Uncapher
Organization: Advanced Communication Technology Lab. Subject: More than words can tell Jerry taught so much about how to communicate, about how it can be done with depth, love, and fluency. He taught how to mix pride with spontaneity. How many times were one of us taking something too seriously, too caught up with one side, and Jerry came to us one way or another, through music and presence, and said, you are in the right place, let go, let the music strengthen and open you, and once healed, he called to us to give all that we could to one another, with whatever creative, spiritual means we could. He is both deeply missed and deeply still a part of us ---------- Willard Uncapher email@example.com Advanced Communication Technology Lab 512-471-4071 (office) CMA 6.118, RTF, College of Comm. 512-471-4077 (fax) UTexas at Austin, Aus, Tx 78712 512-926-8588 (hm) URL: http://www.actlab.utexas.edu/~paradox/
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 95 11:43:06 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org Jerry Garcia and the Dead have played a big part of my life since I first heard the Warlocks play in Palo Alto in 1965. They have been a source of inspiration, perspective, education and entertainment. I cried when I heard Jerry died, and still feel the loss as a passing of a cosmic force that helped start a counter culture momentum that has got to keep on. -- Fred Thoits email@example.com
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 1995 15:19:14 -0400 From: "afc @postoffice.ptd.net"
To you Jerry, I wish two things... To give you roots To give you wings...
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 95 19:11:41 -0400 From: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
He left the world a better place for his having passed through. That's the best anyone can do, and he did it. We miss him terribly. Patrick Nielsen Hayden firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 95 17:56:31 CST From: "Craig Reed"
Subject: We love you Jerry There are no words to describe how empty I feel right now. My life was changed when I first saw the Dead, Houston 10-20-88. They have been my best friends ever since. All my thoughts and prayers to the rest of the band, Jerry's friends, family, and Deadheads everywhere. Jerry will be remembered and loved forever. ...love will see you through... Craig Austin
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 1995 22:09:44 -0700 (PDT) From: Mad Scientist
Subject: Condolences for Jerry Just wanted to offer my condolences for Jerry Garcia. I've had the pleasure of attending several Grateful Dead concerts & have enjoyed their music tremendously. I was both sad & disheartened when I heard of his death on Wednesday morning; it was hard to believe. I always thought both Jerry and his music would live on forever as one. He was unquestionably talented and inspired the best in all of us. He will live on through his music. Angela Wang 274 Euclid Ave. #10 Oakland, CA 94610
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 95 22:19:53 -0700 From: Daniel Vesely
Organization: Lol Media Subject: I will forever miss Jerry.. Jerry affected my life like no person I have ever met.. He was the center of the focus of a tribe of millions who shared love art and fun.. He will be deeply missed.... And I hope the DEAD will eventually continue.. The movement he started must continue! Dan
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 1995 02:05:22 EDT From: WQEM80A@prodigy.com (MR WILLIAM J COYLE) Subject: Thank You Jerry I know I don't need to tell this to you but Jerry will be missed by all music fans. My life would not be the same if he had never been here. Although he has left this earth I know in my heart he is, and always will be, still with us. Thankyou all for what you and Jerry have given me and the rest of the world. Peace. Slinky Coyle
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 95 09:48:40 1000 From: cmw
Organization: Integrated ComTel Jerry brought a little more sunshine to the world... i will miss his spirit.
From: Sam Pennington
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 95 09:15:58 -700 Thanks for all the laughs (and tears) over the years...Later on...
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 95 14:27:33 0500 From: John Macario
Organization: Coastal International Subject: You Flew to Me So many times in my life, when nothing else made sense, I would turn on the tape machine in my head and listen to Jerry's voice and guitar. In that music I would find whatever I needed to get through. Thank You, dear friend. May peace and stillness come to all our hearts. John
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 95 09:32:12 0000 From: Don Pickering
Hey there- Just wanted to send my best wishes to you. Jerry was nothing short of amazing, and all of us who were lucky enough to see him play are well aware of that. He will be dearly missed. Dearly, dearly missed. Please take heart, and know that there are many of us out here who share your loss. Peace- Nate Thompson
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 1995 12:42:25 -0400 (EDT) From: CATPHISH@delphi.com To the families of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, For the past several days, I have been attempting to cope with Jerry's passing, and the meaning of it all! It's too big to deal with in a short period of time, and that a much greater amount is needed to heal a wound that has left an irreplaceable void! For over a dozen years, Jerry and the Dead enriched my life with their music and the unrelenting desire to get THERE! When Jerry passed on, he took a part of my life with me: In return, a little bit of Jerry now lives in me, and will always be that way. I hope Jerry is enjoying it up in the Pearly Gates, jamming with Brent, Keith and Pigpen: Then doing THE DO with Miles, Coltrane, Jimi, Janis, Stevie Ray, Zappy and the many musicians that have graced this planet. Through Jerry and the Dead, I've made many friendships across the USA that endure today, and have many memories to last a lifetime. I have nothing but many thanks to Jerry and the Dead for several thousand hours of music for all of us to enjoy. I was lucky enough to attend a Santana/Jeff Beck concert at Great Woods last night, and Carlos summed it up for all of us: "He taught me to see with another eye, hear with another ear and play with another heart." I'll never forget that big heart either! I love you always, Jerry! May you rest in eternal peace! Eternally Grateful, John J. Wood
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 95 11:49:38 -0700 From: Wayne MacNaughton
Subject: Condolences. Although he was undoubtedly ahead of his time, the late Mr. Jerome Garcia will always be playing in my mind. A beautiful soul to have as part of my life, but I am sad for the loss you have felt so personally.
From: "jonathan.d.crowe" Date: 14 Aug 95 14:46:14 Subject: To Mickey - please forward Just wanted to say "chins up". You're the only member of the band I've actually met in person, so I figured I'd relay my positive energy back through you. (Remember the old silver BMW making an awful racket that took you from Northwestern to O'hare after your Planet Drum talk? The problem turned out to be a bad strut mount.) Cheers, Jon email@example.com
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 1995 13:33:09 -0700 (PDT) From: JETTMAR@UCSVAX.SDSU.EDU Subject: Condolences And what a sweet man he was... He took his highs, took his smiles took off before the show could end. Where he went... who can know, or if heUll ever return to help us now... find the message he brought before the sand and the snowstorms of those whoUve lost the magic cover his tracks. No more stories, no more moving on. He left his roadside, left a trail of smiles and intangible beauties. So long, Jerry, sleep tight. IUll kiss you good-night. He was an old man.
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 1995 16:50:29 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org X-Personal_Name: Stephanie Aston-Jones and Summer Brown From: email@example.com Subject: Thank you Jerry! Jerry Garcia embodied a magical phenomenon; an era in the history of music that will never be equaled. I first saw the Dead in San Francisco in 1966 and was an instant fan. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that my little girl, Summer Alia, born in 1971, would grow up and herself become a "Deadhead", following the band around the country. We were both very deeply saddened by the loss of this man who brought such amazing joy to so many. Jerry is at peace now and feeling no pain. In our pain we feel confusion, anger, and regret, but those are selfish emotions. What we must do is to continue to live the Dead dream and know that someday we'll be Deadheads with Jerry in whatever lies beyond. Rest in peace dear friend!
Date: 14 Aug 95 16:59:05 EDT From: Natalie.L.Poppito@Dartmouth.EDU (Natalie L. Poppito) Subject: "I'm Gonna Miss You When You're Gone.." I'm a new Grateful Dead fan of a mere 4 years. I started listening to this incredible music while in medical school on the island of Grenada. I remember back as I looked upon the beautiful Carribean Ocean and listened with close friends to my all time favorite song "RIPPLE," the smiles his music brought to our faces and the warmth to our hearts. Thanks Jerry! You surely will be missed when you're gone. My prayers are with him and his close family and friends during this bittersweet time. God Bless you all. Peace and Love, Natalie.
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 1995 18:54:08 -0400 From: TKoerber@aol.com Subject: Condolences A loss to the world magnified by your closeness..... Those of us who only followed, didn't know.... The simple life gestures you shared with us.... kept us rapt. To Jerry and you who supported and nurtured him, our sadness and loss. God bless
From: Erin Grayson
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 95 23:06:06 -2400 I am so sorry I never saw Jerry play.
From: Betsy Morris
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 95 16:04:44 -700 Subject: Jerry Garcia memorial in Golden Gate I am grateful to have had the chance to go to the Memorial on Sunday. I've been feeling sad at Jerry Garcia's death, and I could see, and hear, and feel, cry, and take in the loving spirit of all who spoke and came. Thanks.
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 95 21:57:45 0000 From: Ric Spiegel
Organization: Emote Control Subject: On Discovering and Losing Jerry Garcia We will all miss Jerry so much. I have sent along my thoughts on discovering Jerry and the Dead in 1967. Although you may never read all that is being written, I add my own wonderful memories to your own. Sincerely, Ric Spiegel ----- On discovering, and losing Jerry Garcia In 1967 the effects of the Summer of Love were fully upon San Francisco. There were hippies, lights, colors, dancing and music, always music. I was 17, and a freshman at college in Menlo Park, California in the Bay Area. I had grown up in Fort Worth, Texas in a middle-class household. Quiet, uneventful. But San Francisco had called like a siren, and like others, I was powerless to ignore it. On this particular Friday night in early September of that first year away from home, I had been taken by a friend to "the City", as residents lovingly call it, to a nondescript building. It housed, among other things a long-since forgotten venue called the Carousel Ballroom. I remember a mirrored ball hanging from the ceiling and drapes all around the room. In front a smalli make-shift stage where a group of people were bobbing and dancing before a band. I didn't know the band (I didn't really know much of anything), but it was playing music that was loud... and interesting. I distinctly remember that I had pretty short hair, no mustache or beard, and - lord help me - a cardigan sweater and slacks. If this had been a movie, I was the "good" kid. The room was becoming full, and even fuller as the band played. It wasn't a large room by any means, just a small ballroom... in which it seemed to me something was beginning to happen. I had not yet smoked marijuana; that was still a few weeks off. But I could tell something was different just from listening to the music. Electricity emanated from both the band and the crowd, and this feeling was strange and new to me. I became fixed on the guitarist in the middle of the stage. Beardless, with jet- black unruly hair, he seemed to be the leader, but I couldn't have said why. It suddenly occurred to me he had been playing for a very long time; I had become mesmerized without realizing it. He was smiling a bit as he stared down at his guitar and into the crowd, and he appeared almost motionless except for two hands on his instrument. His style was like nothing I had heard before. Rising, falling, flowing in seamless waves. And then I realized we were all swaying with that music. As I looked around the room, I noticed everyone with either a smile, or that same almost astonished look I must have had. Turning to the kid next to me, barely older than me with long hair and dressed very colorful, I remember saying, "Who is that guy." The kid looked right at me and smiled, almost laughing, and said, "Hey man, that's Jerry Garcia." It was that event that began a journey for me of sights, sounds, music, women and sure, a few drugs... and so many other influences, never to excess, and almost always to my improvement or at least education. Today, almost 30 years later, I nearly missed the news flash on TV. The man who, although not singly, certainly in part gave me a new way of hearing and seeing, was gone. He had been sick for so long. Garcia had never heeded the inner voice to avoid excess. Maybe the music in him was too loud to hear that voice. And he had never taken good care of his "temple." But Garcia had been at the forefront of experimentation from the beginning of the San Francisco scene, all the way back to the Trips Festival, and even before. Of anyone, how could he have possibly practiced self- restraint? And anyway, nothing could ever be heard above the cries for heroin and cocaine that he eventually would hear. Those were false friends who always quickly showed their true nature. They were, and are, ruthless and deadly in the end. In 1986, when Garcia almost died from long-term abuse from heroin, I emotionally tried to prepare for his departure. I had sat and talked with him a number of times in 1970 at Keystone Korner, a tiny club in San Francisco where he allowed me to mix the sound for his four-piece jazz group. Later that same year Garcia had invited my friend and I to a recording session of American Beauty in San Francisco. I'll never forget that day. Then, I was finally invited to join the Grateful Dead organization in 1971, to learn about mixing and recording the band. Something unexpected happened and my life took a different turn. Garcia and I weren't close friends; it wasn't like that. For a few months he knew my name, and we spoke a few times at smaller events, and that was it. But there was a bond, if only I felt it. During a magical moment in time he was one of the illusionists. And it was enough for me. Jerry Garcia wasn't a god or a shaman or the leader of an entire movement, as the media frequently portrayed him, and even now in eulogies. He was just a guy who liked to experiment and keep his music, mind and options open. He was caught up in the same tidal wave of change, trial-and-error and questioning of "the establishment" we all were. He seemed like the catalyst, but he wasn't. He was just there before most of us, and so we followed willingly, ecstatically. Above all, he was a musician. That's how he and his friends - his family - best communicated the excitement of those experiences and journeys. Over the years, Frank Zappa replaced the Grateful Dead for me as the example of experimental, interesting and mostly entertaining music. Both groups were borne of the 60's, but no two groups could have been more different. One would continue to experiment for a few years, growing in fame and reputation, but slowing a bit in musical adventure. The other would continue to push the ubiquitous envelope of change, never being satisfied with what came before, always toiling - literally - to do it different, better. One was inexorably associated with, and now finally ruined by drugs. The other shunned drug use unequivocaly. I didn't abandon the Grateful Dead or Garcia's music. Never. And it would be arrogant to say I "moved beyond" them. I just wanted to be challenged more, and Zappa always did that. He challenged every musician he ever worked with, and certainly every listener. It's unfortunate that Frank Zappa has been so misunderstood by the media and the public. Those who judge him by a single song, some bit of bathroom humor or a tasteless poster not of his doing, cannot possibly imagine the wealth of musical pleasure he provides. And social commentary does not come more acerbic, witty or accurate than at his hand. But Frank Zappa is gone, too. Mourning is made easier by putting on a record or CD of the Grateful Dead or Frank Zappa or John Lennon. The music is all there. Even bootlegs of the rarest or earliest performances can be had for the right price, or for the love of the music if you meet the right person. The void our heroes leave behind is always there as well, but memories, stories and the music help to fill it. For my part, I'll spend the evening pouring over old posters, listening to soaring psychedelic guitar passages, and remembering that night I first discovered Jerry Garcia, and myself. Ric Spiegel 8/9/95 rSpiegel@onramp.net
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 1995 02:16:08 -0400 From: JOHNPHOTOG@aol.com Subject: Jerry G Jerry's love will NOT FADE AWAY in my heart!
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 1995 01:12:49 EDT From: JXCL06A@prodigy.com (MR RICHARD M SALTZMAN) Subject: Condolences To Jerry's family: All of our love to you. He touched our lives and will always be with us. Your loss is shared by all of us. Rich, Kathy, Jaclyn and Rebecca Saltzman
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 1995 09:14:37 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Thomas Lenehan) Subject: Bye, Jerry From the Fillmore East in the late '60's to Giants Stadium last June I've always known that you were special. Thanks for all the good music and the good vibes. Look down on us all, and help us achieve peace. TL
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 95 10:32:37 0000 From: Cliff Edwards
Organization: dxp To all my friends across the country, all my love and thoughts during this time of sadness and joy. We are in a time of mourning and celebration, celebration of Jerry and of ourselves and the love that we carry. Be well, carry on the torch. I'm thinking of you all and the future!
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 1995 15:55:09 -0400 From: Kawi250@aol.com Subject: "He's Gone" Jerry I've sent several message's only to have them not show up on the net. I know you must be intercepting them. Love you, and the words, "I know you rider gonna miss me when I'm gone" really hurt now. Everyone misses you. Peace & Love and we'll catch up with you later. LOVE & BE KIND.
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 95 15:47:14 -0500 Sender: email@example.com From: john wojno
Subject: Jerry's Death. I wasn't what you could call a Deadhead. I went through stages in my life where I would listen to everything I could get my hands on, then switch over to some other style of music that I was interested in (much as Jerry tended to dabble in all things musical). I did, however, get the opportunity to see the Dead four times. I will remember those shows fondly forever. The last was at Buckeye Lake last year. I went with a friend of mine whom I had recently met that had an extra ticket to the show. What I remember most about that show was the transformation it brought about in me. I was stuck in a job I hated, dealing with stomach problems and stress and many of the other problems one can exprience when taking yourself and your job too seriously, when, as if by magic, I was transported back to a happier time. I felt as if I were sixteen again, going to that first show and grooving to the music. It was phenomenal! Consequently, I will mourn Jerry's passing in many ways. There is the loss of his musical genius to this world and the end of an era. In addition, my more selfish side will mourn that which I had lost, found and now lost forever. I hope that somehow I can capture that goodness that he stood for, and that the shows brought out in all of us, that I can continue to bring it to others in the course of my life. I will also try to remember the feelings of youth they inspired, that I may better deal with the problems I face in the years to come. Thanks for everything Jerry! My condolences to his wife and daughters; the band; and the entire GD extended family. John Wojno P.S. If Blake Delghouffre is out there reading these, I've been thinking of you ever since I heard the news.
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 95 16:28:32 0000 From: Eva Jettmar
Organization: Braintrust And what a sweet man he was... He took his highs, took his smiles took off before the show could end. Where he went... who can know, or if he will ever return to help us now... find the message he brought before the sand and the snowstorms of those who have lost the magic cover his tracks. No more stories, no more moving on. He left his roadside, left a trail of smiles and intangible beauties. So long, Jerry, sleep tight. I kiss you good-night. He was an old man. Dear Garcia family, please let me offer my condolences in this time of mourning and sadness. May it be of consolation that thousands of friends reach out to hold your hand, and may this tragic loss help us to find the peace and happiness he brought. Jerry never died, never will. He lives on in the hearts he touched, and the vibes he brought fill our souls. I feel for you, deeply. All my love, Eva
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 1995 15:16:01 -0700 X-Personal_Name: Peter Batt From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: A great Man Sorry to see him go
From: Darrel Killebrew
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 95 16:01:32 -2400 I was very happy on Wednesday morning as I turned my radio at work on to KZON radio station and heard Sugaree. Then it was announced that Jerry had been pronounced dead at 4:23 AM. I felt like my world had fallen apart. It was extremely difficult staying at work. My two daughters and myself are JGB and GD fans. We have been playing GJB and GD music since Wednesday. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Garcia family, and the members of the band. You are in our good thoughts and prayers. Nancy and Suzy K.
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 1995 20:16:33 -0400 From: GWBOY@aol.com Subject: Jerry Garcia The lives he touched will carry his flame forever.
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 1995 23:45:12 -0400 (EDT) From: The Desk of Allen Farmelo
Subject: Commenting from file To: email@example.com Organization: University at Buffalo Mime-Version: 1.0 X-Personal_name: Kilissa McGoldrick From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: you've all inspired Thank you all for creating such magic over the past twenty years. I grew up hearing your songs, my mother had your records. My own life was shaped by the freedom and creative momentum of the sixties scene you all made. When I heard that Gerry died I had a momentary flash of knowing that he is not far, his spirit is still here near the earth--and that is good. Thank you, all the Grateful Dead members for supporting Musicians United for Superior Education through the Rex Foundation. Because of your generosity we are starting to make some headway in putting music (and dance) back into Buffalo's elementary schools. Keep the good vibes going. I hope you all will not stop playing just because of this.
From: email@example.com Date: Tue, 15 Aug 95 23:14:02 0000 My heartfelt condolences to everyone in the immediate family, as well as everyone in the extended Grateful Dead Family. His passing on is more than the end of his mortal life but an end of an era. Jerry touched our lifes with his great presence and he will continue to do so in his absence. His art and his music will live forever, as does his memory. Thanks for everything Jerry.....Miss you ....
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 95 00:30:50 -0700 From: "Jay A. Ross"
Organization: Computer Consultant Subject: Forever in our hearts Forever in our hearts. Jay A. Ross @ Pacificnet.net
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 95 10:06:41 CDT From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Jerry I just have to say that we are going to miss Jerry and that we hope that the memories of the concerts last forevnd wit would never end.
From: Michael Holland
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 95 01:20:52 -700 Subject: polo grounds san francisco returning from out of town i got to the polo field after the memorial was over. it still went on till almost six p.m. out in the parking area three (must have been ) musicians played "ripple". only about five people standing around, but it was real strong, real strong.
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 95 16:43:47 -0500 From: Illinois State Fair
Organization: Lt. Gov. Office Subject: Such Sorow I give my respects to Jerry's family and friends. I will miss him so much. Jerry was like a god to all of us. I went to only one of the concerts and became a instant Dead head all because of a great man named Jerry Garcia. I wish you for the best.Jerry will be missed so much. Sincerely A Dead Head Named Lester
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 95 16:47:46 -0700 From: Scott Egner
Organization: JS Egner & Associates Subject: Friends and family of Jerry My heart goes out to all of you. The world lost a special person last week. May we all keep memories of him and his sweet music close to our hearts as we continue on with our own journey.
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