Monday, March 03, 2008

Thank you for your kind words regarding my Dad's death

Thank you all for your thoughtful comments on my father's unexpected passing. So many people knew EXACTLY the right thing to say, which I believe says something about the quality of my readers and friends. It's hard to write about my Dad right now in this forum because I want to tell you all what a great person he was and proudly tell you who he was and that I am his son. But of course you all know the reason I need to protect my privacy. During this long smearing season the last thing I want is for his good name to be attacked by people whose job it is to sully the reputations of others for money and ratings.

Those of you who sent "virtual casseroles" I will be sending you personal thank you notes. At the funeral, my siblings' employers send flowers. It would have been nice to have some flowers there that said "In Honor of your Dad, from Spocko's friends in the Blogosphere" it would have confused the 99.8% of my relatives who don't know my other identity. But my mom knows and I told her about all the notes and donations that came in. I explained that they were like the flowers that my sibs place of employment sent or like the food trays sent over by neighbors and friends.
I wanted her to see that people around the world were thinking of us and praying for us. Getting notes and "virtual casseroles" from folks on the internet may seem new and different, but the connection is real, and the oldest rules of human relationships still apply. When someone is hurting, good people take note and offer comfort. Empathy is NOT something that we are missing. We know we are all connected and there are real people behind these pixels on a screen

One little tidbit about my dad, I got him first computer in 1996. He was great at face to face communications and used it to maintain his connections in a new fashion. He would have been pleased to see how many of my friends on the internet stopped by to express condolences.

I may write more later, but please know that your words, thoughts, donations, prayers and letters were incredible helpful and I am deeply grateful for your support during this time.


Blogger Michael said...

I'm sorry to hear about your father's passing. I lost my dad just over three years ago, and I think about him every day.

We didn't agree on politics--or religion--but I sure do believe he gave me the best gift of all: a strong sense of morality and ethics. I try my best to honor his memory by following his example.

7:39 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

hugs to you spocko honey. know that you doing what you do- means a great deal in the face of a loss so big. and besides- you are the biggest celebrity that 98.8 % of your relatives don't know about ;)

8:10 PM  
Blogger skippy said...

hey, spocko, if it's any consolation, melanie morgan got fired today!

mission accomplished!

9:12 PM  
Blogger Batocchio said...

Best wishes, Spocko.

11:05 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

good news!

6:26 AM  
Blogger kelley b. said...

Skippy's right, and your dad would be proud at the good you did in shining the light on that wart at KFSO.

Live in peace, live long and prosper.

8:55 AM  
Blogger im4mary said...

Spocko, my condolensces regarding your father's passing.

I was just introduced to your cause today by TRex
( and applaud your reasoned approach to the KSFO nut-jobs. You are a hero.

Keep up the good fight and know that your father would be so proud of you. Love never dies.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Carl said...


It's a tough loss, and I'm sad to hear of it. If not for him, you wouldn't be here.

You turned out OK, so he must be a helluva dad.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Blue Gal said...

Glad you're back and yeah, the blogosphere is family. No doubt about it.

10:54 AM  
Blogger shrimplate said...

I have a feeling that your father is very proud of you.

We all certainly are.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Metro said...

Hi Spocko:

Here I am, two weeks late and considerably more than a dollar short.

I just wanted to express my sympathies. I'm sure Sarek must have been very proud of you and your work.

Fight on.

10:01 AM  

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