7-18-11: This is a terribly sad day for me. I heard of Mark's passing yesterday, from "Danzman", at a Meteors show at the Elk Grove Library. I'm additionally saddened by the fact that I didn't know of his passing until now, and didn't know of the memorial. Back in 1981-ish, when Mark was about 23, I met him when he'd stop in at Billy & Co. on Milwaukee ave. in Wheeling, and he'd sit down and play the piano and sing or play his guitar along with the piano bar entertainer there, Deon Jackson ("Love Makes the World Go 'Round", Carla Records, 1966). Mark and Deon became friends quickly and later recorded a song together; only a few copies were pressed, on acetate. I am proud to be the owner of one of those copies. Mark was always a buddy and one of the most talented musicians and nicest guys I ever met. I will miss him. I also send my deepest sympathies along to his wife Flo, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at a gig that Mark played at in Edison Park some years back. Mike Wolstein

Sent by mikew on 18/07/2011