I offer my condolences.
www.aboutsandcastles.org is a local organization helping children and their families grieve the death of someone loved. Please keep in mind that grief is not an event that should be shunned, ignored, or downplayed. Children need to learn coping mechanism and to normalize their experiences in order to grow and mature from such devastation. This is an intensely private time for the survivors, but they do not need to be alone.
Until the stimulus plan reaches us peons, I have but one penny of my two cents.
A nice write up by Danny Knobler on Brian..
Virginia Tech tragedy hits home
Posted by Danny Knobler April 17, 2007 15:31PM
DETROIT -- I have to admit, I didn't remember the name at first.
No, never met him. At least not in person. But I had spoken to him, in the same way that I've spoken to many of you, through the magic of the internet. He was estrepe1, or VTTiger, or firstname.lastname@example.org. He was in our MLive Tiger chats, on the Tiger message boards. His questions were intelligent, his opinions worth reading.
He posted a message on another Tiger website, Motownsports.com, early Monday morning. It was his last post, because later Monday Brian was one of the 32 victims in the Virginia Tech shooting.
I got e-mails about Brian all day today, from other Tiger fans who regularly visit our website and others. I've found out that Brian was 25 years old, that he was a few weeks away from graduating with a civil engineering degree in hydrology. I know that he was from Cedar Springs, Iowa, but that somewhere along the line, he became a huge fan of the Tigers. I know that he included a Sparky Anderson quote at the bottom of each of his posts.
I also know that he touched a lot of fellow Tiger fans.
``Brian was such a friendly person,'' Michael Daniels wrote to me this morning. ``I feel that I have lost a good friend, even though we never met in person.''
Sports bring us together at the best of times, as many found last October on the Tigers' run to the World Series. Sports also bring us together at times like this.
very cool of Knobler
This has bothered me all day. estrepe1, or Brian, was one of the best posters and most knowledgable Tigers fan I've ever known. The thing is, I personally interacted with him maybe 2 or 3 times. But yet I feel like I knew the guy. He had over 30,000 posts on the site and was very active in game threads. If you were on motown sports, you were reading something he wrote. And here is this guy that I've never met, talked to briefly, and his death has greatly affected me deeper than I ever expected. It is truly amazing the world we live in, where one man can affect and befriend and influence so many people without ever meeting them.
I understand the Tigers mentioned himm during the moment of silence tonight.
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Channel 4 news just opened their news cast with a nice spot on Brian.
In Detroit, the Tigers personalized their mournful moment with a reference to Brian Bluhm, a lifelong Tigers fan and VT graduate student who was among the victims.
Bluhm had gone through childhood in Troy, Mich., and remained a loyal Tigers fan following his family's move, to the point of making a name for himself on message boards.
Tuesday, that name was spoken as a symbol of the losses felt by everyone, everywhere.
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Man, this incident is still bothering me. Just cannot seem to shake it. Ahhh...this world is messed up.....messed up.
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Thanks for sharing this Bo. Granderson & Robertson are my sons 2 favorite players. When we went to Tigerfest, Tyler asked him to sign his Grandy is Dandy sign that he made last year when his uncle took him to a game. Now I like him even more after hearing what he did.
Hang in there Bo and everyone else who has posted about the loss of Brian. I hope all of you from motown can get together this summer and celebrate Brians life and passion by meeting up at a game with everyone. I know he'd be there with you all on that day.