Friday, August 18, 2006


Ann and I have just gotten the news that Mike Simanoff, friend, all-around nice guy, and former Ministry editor, has passed away unexpectedly. This has colored an otherwise wonderful experience in Finland with sadness and shock for us today. It has been a little bit difficult to concentrate. I wanted to blog about the great hospitality and experiences here in Finland, but will let others do that for now. It just does not feel right at the moment.



At 9:57 AM, Blogger The Editor said...

Wow. Talk about a shot to the gut. Mike was a great guy; we used to chat online after he moved away from the east coast. This is so unexpected. Sad news indeed


At 8:13 PM, Anonymous gwenda said...

Oh dear. I never really "knew" Mike, but I certainly loved keeping up with him online. Sad news, for sure.

At 12:49 AM, Blogger Anne S said...

How very sad. Mike sent me a whole heap of Whittemore articles when he was working in the New York Library and also very generously put together a bibliography of Whittemore related material.

He seemed to me to be a great all-round guy. And he was so young!

My heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family.

At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Robert Wexler said...

Wow. I emailed back and forth with him a few times earlier this summer. I thought I'd be going to Chicago at some point and was going to try to get together, but the trip never happened. I wish I'd gotten to see him.


At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Sherry D said...

So sorry to hear you and Ann lost a great friend. Tragic news.

I should have checked your blog sooner - I've emailed you couple times and received no answer, so I was afraid you were abducted by aliens (again). Should have known you were traveling, sans spaceship.

At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Nick Mamats said...

My God. I was wondering what had happened to him, as since late 03 or so he sort of dropped off my radar.



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