November 24, 2009

Cousin Michael

[Photo of Michael]

A couple weeks ago, I got another email out of the blue from Joe, a friend of my cousin Michael Blaheta. Three years ago Mike died, and I wrote an unfortunate angry post about the family not being contacted, followed by an apology a little later. Because he had so little net presence before, these are among the top google hits for his name, and people find him here.

Joe sent me a scan of a picture that Mike had given him once, and asked me to post it. Mike had something of a modelling career—I remember at least once gathering around the TV to see him on a talk show, and he'd gotten into magazines a few times—but the exact provenance of this photo is unknown.

As I was writing this post, I looked back and discovered that the original obituary page for him has been taken down, guest book and all (so much for a permanent record), and the obit site had blocked web crawlers so none of the internet archives have a copy. Legacy.com appears to have kept it but is now charging $3 for anyone who wants to read the guest book. Which is too bad, because a lot of people posted a lot of nice things about Mike there, and now anyone looking to find out what happened just finds the nasty batch of responses on my original angry post. :(

Anyone who wants to post guest-book-y things about Michael are perfectly welcome to do so here. I promise I won't ever charge anyone to see them.

"Above all else, I am a human being, just as you are." --Ingmar Bergman, "Nora" (Nora Helmer)

Posted by blahedo at 1:47pm on 24 Nov 2009
Comments
All these posts concerning the death of Mike Blaheta need to be removed. When some of these people are searched, all this crap comes up. Posted by Erich Raeder at 2:02pm on 31 Dec 2009
Thank you Erich for requesting that all these posts concerning the death of our precious son be removed. These were posted by people that had no idea of how wonderful and loving a son our Michael was. Both Michael's mother and myself look forward to joing our son in heavenly places with our Savior. The Lord, Christ Jesus. There we will all find peace, finally! I do not appreciate the picture of my son that is posted, please be respectful and remove it. Posted by Don at 6:21pm on 17 Apr 2010
Thank you Erich for requesting that all these posts concerning the death of our precious son be removed. These were posted by people that had no idea of how wonderful and loving a son our Michael was. Both Michael's mother and myself look forward to joing our son in heavenly places with our Savior. The Lord, Christ Jesus. There we will all find peace, finally! I do not appreciate the picture of my son that is posted, please be respectful and remove it. Posted by Don at 6:24pm on 17 Apr 2010
I remember Mike fondly from my days at Powerhouse Gym in Schaumburg, Illinois. I relocated to California in 2000 and years later I was searching for old friends online and came across the sad news. Mike was always fun to talk to, I admired his dedication and I really liked him. He is still missed among his many friends at that gym that have long since gone their separate ways. Posted by Rob Eckaus at 5:44pm on 25 Sep 2014
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