Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn
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Waking Greg Nowak

On Friday night, May 30, members of Milwaukee Fandom gathered at Lytheria, the communal house that is the physical center of fanac in Milwaukee, to honor the memory of our departed comrade. It was a good gathering, not overcrowded, but some people who hadn't gotten together in years showed up. I made a bowl of "Blue Stuff" (a.k.a. "Tequila Moonglow") which was the official "blog" of Milwaukee's X-Con convention for many years. Since "Animal" had been the mix-meister of this beverage for the entire time we used it, it seemed an appropriate memorial. Not a lot of it got drunk, but the ritual gesture was made. Henry Osier contributed a bottle of Beam's whiskey, and a "smooth" was also done in Animal's memory. Georgie Schnobrich gave a preliminary showing of her latest portrait of "Mercenary Imp," mourning his lost friend. The caption is, appropriately, merely: "Damn!"

Despite the booze present, it was a fairly sober and low-keyed affair, but there was a lot of comfort given and received as memories were shared. I spoke to some of the people who had made it to the formal funeral and was pleased to hear that it was at least tastefully done, despite how little the family really knew about Greg in life. Georgie and I slipped out about 10PM, being both physically and emotionally wiped out, but the gathering continued well after that.
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