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in memoriam

By 11:03 AM , , , ,

Last week, October 4th at 4PM, I had the honor of attending the memorial service of Graham Leggatt, the director of the San Francisco Film Society. He died of cancer at the young age of 51.

Exactly 24 hours later, October 5th at 4PM, the world learned of Steve Jobs death. He died of cancer at the young age of 56.

That same evening, HBO aired Part 1 of Martin Scorsese's latest documentary about George Harrison. (Part II aired the following night on Oct. 6th Both excellent.) He, too, died of cancer at the young age of 58.

There's no meaning, just mourning.

I really really liked these men. It felt like I was kicked in the face, not once, not twice, but three times. It hurt. It was a yet another shitty reminder about the decisive and unrelenting power that cancer has over man.

But I won't say they were taken prematurely. Because they did with their brilliant lives, exactly what they came to do, no more, no less. And the only way I can thank them now, is to do the same with my own.

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