Michelle Dane sends an e-mail with good news about the July 18 benefit concert for the late Bruce Dane’s estate: “Yes it went very well. The concert was a success. We got enough money to help pay for some of the final expenses.”
Bruce Dane died early in the morning of July 12. He had been hospitalized since June 2 due to injuries sustained in a fall. He leaves behind his daughters, Meera, Kelly, Rachel, Kyria, and Samantha; his brother Doug Pintar; and his separated wife, Michelle.
David Klaus had learned from an earlier conversation with Michelle “that Bruce had been taken off the ventilator and was breathing on his own but both EEG and MRI examination indicated higher function brain death.” Then, this morning:
Michelle called me about today to say she was in a car heading to
as the rest of Bruce’s body had now died, too. Denver
It hurts, Mike. It hurts.
Michelle also told me that the concert is still on, although it will be a memorial concert as well as a benefit.
David Klaus has many memories of Bruce, for one:
Bruce’s ability with computers amazed me. I remember crashing on his couch in Sherman Oaks in the early ’80s and awakening to see him typing away, programming for a client directly in hexadecimal machine code, not in any structured language. After I picked up my jaw from where it had dropped, he said it was easier and faster for him than using a higher language and compiling it later, which caused me to have to pick up my jaw again.
I miss him already, but as we spoke frequently at least I got to tell him how much I loved him before he was gone.
My most recent information about Bruce Dane came from David Klaus on July 4:
I think it’s a wait-and-see situation right now — while he’s occasionally awake, his mental status is what’s referred to as “altered”: not coherent or cogent. He’s still paralyzed. He has a systemic infection which is under antibiotic treatment. He’s been moved to someplace called Porter Hospital (I don’t know if this is part of the last hospital complex which address I gave you before or a separate hospital) and is again in an intensive care unit.
Meanwhile, members of Boomer Box, a band in Bruce’s hometown, will perform a benefit concert on Saturday, July 19, 12:30 PM – 10:00 PM, in
They have a PayPal button on the site to make donations towards Bruce’s care. Contributions can also be sent by mail to the Bruce Dane Rehabilitation Fund, c/o ENT Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 15819, Colorado Springs, CO 80935-5819.
David Klaus reports that Bruce Dane has been moved to
Select Speciality Hospital
“I’m a couple of days behind in current information about his condition,” David explains, “so I’ll update that when I know better.”
Two former Hillary Clinton staffers started Vote Both.com after the primaries, a site advocating a unity ticket of Clinton and Obama. Key backers of the “dream ticket” include Sen. Dianne Feinstein of
I mention this because Westercon begins this week in Las Vegas, one of the rare conventions that changes sites each year as voted by the members, and I’m reminded that somebody once had the bright idea that “Both” would be the perfect solution for a pair of Westercon bids. Let me tell you how well “Both” worked for us. Then you may consider yourselves warned.
From File 770 #35, August 1982:
Even on the morning of its last day, [the 1982] Westercon had not exhausted its bag of tricks. Prelude: When Portland and Phoenix announced their 1984 Westercon bids, fans noted they were not bidding for the same days – one would have started before July 4, the other after. Certain pundits, who shall remain namelex*, conceived a campaign for BOTH. Let them both win. Let them both put on a Westercon. Let’s go to both. Witty, computer-typed flyers advocated, “If you are a Phoenix local or a Portland local, this is a great opportunity to get more con for your money: You can attend the portion nearest you if you’re on a budget; You can attend both cons for little more than if you were going to the con farther away; LA locals can check on their cats on their way to the other con.”
After a weekend of people running about asking each other whether they voted for “Both,” the bidders agreed to count the ballots after Site Selection closed Sunday, and not release the results until the next morning’s Business Meeting. Randy Rau (
Seeing as one of the bids had, indeed, won by one vote, Rau was infuriated. Other
“Bullets, not ballots,” suggested Seth Breidbart. After extended private huddling between the bidders and parliamentarian Fred Patten, a decision finally came forth. Rather than risk having to let the meeting vote whether to reopen balloting (which it easily would have done, considering the pack of irate
As she was preparing to leave the con, Genny Dazzo loudly announced that she was going back to New York and start a Phoenix in ’84 Worldcon bid, to repay the “Both” bidders for their hubris.
[* A reference to Lex Nakashima, the alleged mastermind.]
The Moral of the Story: “Both” seemed a clever idea to just enough Westercon voters to make the election three times as controversial as it otherwise would have been, and to leave the winner just about as unhappy as the loser. The saving grace in 2008 is that party delegates are much less likely to try and force “Both” on unwilling candidates.
David Klaus reports: “On Monday, June 2nd long-time Colorado (and formerly Arizona/California) science fiction convention fan, filk musician, and Worldcon volunteer Bruce Dane, already ill with degenerative disc disease, fell while taking his youngest daughter to a movie and was paralyzed ‘from the nipples down,’ according to his former wife, Michelle.”
David gives more details, and an address for sending cards, below