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This weekend, Seattle lost a very beloved member of its music and arts community, and more heartbreakingly, a little girl lost her father and a wife lost her husband. My friend Andy Kotowicz was killed in a horrific car accident in the neighborhood we both lived in, Ballard. Andy and I weren't close, by any stretch, but we played poker together a couple times a year for the last several years with a group of mutual friends, and I always enjoyed his company, his sense of humor, and talking about having daughters around the same age.
I'm going to paste a bit of what our good friend Chris Jacobs wrote on the SubPop blog, where Andy worked for over a decade:
Last Thursday evening, October 21st, driving his young daughter Anna home after picking her up from daycare, our co-worker Andy Kotowicz was involved in a terrible car accident that, so incredibly sadly, proved fatal. In what qualifies as nothing short of miraculous and definitively heroic, his daughter was pulled from the remains of the car, while it was on fire, by a local business owner who witnessed the accident. Though this same person tried and was unable to rescue Andy, I can think of no greater favor to our friend than saving his daughter's life. And, in some small measure of thanks, we will all be eating as many Rizzo's French Dip sandwiches as we can hold for a very long time. "Thank you" seems ridiculously inadequate, but thank you. Thank you.
Andy was under care at Harborview Medical Center in a coma until Saturday evening when he was taken off life support in the company of his immediate family. He was an organ donor and a recipient for his kidneys was found very soon after his passing. This is a small indication of the kind of guy he was.
Anna suffered some bruises and a broken arm, but is now home with her mother and family and is, we are told, recovering and adapting. There is a lesson here about the resilience and redemptive powers of children that we can all hope to learn from.
You can read the full post HERE, which goes into more detail about what kind of a universally beloved guy Andy was. I hope you will.
In the meantime, I also hope you might consider supporting Andy's wife and daughter as they struggle with what is going to be a very difficult climb for them.
A Sound Community Bank account is now available to accept donations for Andy Kotowicz's family.
You like Steampunk? weird, crazy oddities? secret fraternal initiation rituals? You MUST get Catalog No. 439: Burlesque Paraphernalia and Side Degree Specialties and Costumes!
To celebrate the release of Catalog No. 439, author Charles Schneider will be making an appearance at the DeMoulin Bros. Museum in Greenville, IL as well as Hometown Comics in Edwardsville, IL on Oct. 15-16!
Schneider, whose career has included acting in the movies "Tombstone" and "Ghost World" and writing Tom & Jerry cartoons, will appear at a fund-raiser for three local organizations. "An Evening with Charles Schneider: DeMoulin Goats, Hollywood Tales and Some Sleight of Hand" will be held Friday October 15 at Cunetto's Restaurant in Greenville. Proceeds from this unique program benefit the Bond County Historical Society, Greenville Public Library, and DeMoulin Museum.
Catalog No. 439 is a new paperback book about DeMoulin Bros. & Co. that was released by Fantagraphics. The DeMoulin company was founded in 1892 as a manufacturer of lodge regalia and initiation devices. Catalogs featuring these gadgets are highly sought by collectors. The new book, "Catalog No. 439," is a reprint of the most famous of these catalogs. Originally issued in 1930, Catalog 439 featured such gimmicks as the trick chair, lung tester and traitor's judgment stand. All of which were used in initiation rites by fraternal lodges of the day. Schneider visited Greenville in January for research at the DeMoulin factory and the DeMoulin Museum.
During the dinner program, Schneider will talk about his career in Hollywood and explain how he became involved in the reprint of Catalog 439. The evening will include a few magic tricks and other surprises. Tickets are $20 each and include the meal and Schneider's presentation. They can be purchased through October 8 at Watson's Drug Store, the First National Bank in Greenville, the Greenville Public Library and the DeMoulin Museum. Schneider will also be signing copies of the new book which retails for $22.99. Copies may be purchased that night. Those unable to attend on Friday night may also have their books signed on Saturday October 16 from 10 until Noon at the DeMoulin Museum. For more information, call (618) 664-4115.
The, the next day, get your copy signed by Schneider at Hometown Comics!
Saturday, October 16 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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