Family Condolences

RECEIVED Wed., Aug. 15, 2012

Louis,
    I've been thinking of you and the Chronicle and the South by Southwest family, and share in the shock [“SXSW Music Fest Creative Director Brent Grulke Dies,” Earache! Music blog, Aug. 13]. No matter the circumstances, death always seems to come as a surprise. I did not know that Brent Grulke and I shared a birth state, Nebraska, and moved to Austin in the same year, 1979! Through Luke and Gregory, I shared his enthusiasm for Doctor's Mob, the Reivers, Wild Seeds, and Austin music. What great memories I have of many SXSW “sign-ups” on Ruby's patio – every November – until online sign-up facilitated the process.
    Thinking of you and hope you are doing well. Whether you know it or not, you and the Chronicle help bind the community, Louis, and we thank you.
Hugs,
Pat Mares
Ruby's BBQ
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