"Tommy I want u to know that you cut the trail and showed a lot of people the way, hope u know that. Special special spirit."
This is a quote from a friend from my youth. Mike Casey was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. It was a bitter pill to swallow for a fun loving kook like Mike. He battled valiantly but to no avail. He died earlier this year. He reached out to his many friends, subtlety, through Facebook messages, and old photo sharing. The lead quote he shared with me, and I was humbled and honored that, my misguided youth was somehow influential to those around me. Mike will be missed.