An Homáge to Jerry Garcia

Hey now, one and all!

I've been a Deadhead ever since I stumbled blindly into the Winterland Theatre in October '78 and had my life changed and mind expanded. I got on the bus and never looked back. My only regret is that I didn't catch more shows while I had the chance.

The ensuing seventeen years of traveling all over the western states following the band, camping in dusty fields or asphalt parking lots, resulted in some of the best, wildest, and weirdest times I've known. I owe the boys (and all the kind friends I made along the way) a debt of eternal gratitude for being the incomparably wonderful shaping force they became in my life.

Like the rest of us heads (and many others besides) I suffered a sense of traumatic loss when Poppa Jerry left us on August 9, 1995. It was the end of a personal era that had spanned my entire adulthood, and a beautiful spirit (with all his flaws) left us a little more lonesome in the world.

We miss you, Jerry!

Of all the things I read or heard said about Jerry after his passing, the words of Ken Kesey and Robert Hunter touched me the most deeply. Wherever he is now, I'm sure Jerry had both a chuckle and a tear over these remembrances.

Part of what I hope to make of this page is a place for heads to post their feelings and remembrances about Jerry. This poem by Jon Ney is only the first of what I hope will become a creative memorial shrine. If you have something you would like to contribute please email it to me and I'll see it gets comparable treatment.

On August 13, 1995, tens of thousands of mourning heads assembled in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Polo Field for the Jerry Garcia Memorial. We listened to tribute speeches by friends and family, danced to tapes of live performances, partied, and generally commiserated over our collective loss. There was a Dixieland style funeral parade and a plane flew overhead showering us with carnations. All in all it was a wonderful way of saying goodbye to our dear friend.

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In case memory has begun to fade, check out this Garcia Photo Gallery.

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