|"Joe" (right) and friend - abt. 1976 Rehoboth Beach, Delaware|
I received this e-mail last night. I knew Joe Murtha. He was a friend of mine…..sort of.
|Joe - 1980 at "The Ranch"|
Back in the day, Joe and I were very competitive when we used to frequent the 247 Bar in Philadelphia. Yes Virginia, back in my "every weekend out to the bars looking for Mr. Right."
I received this e-mail from someone who knew Joe and wondered what happened to him. This is one of the many things I like about the Internet and the Digital Age. Unfinished business can be resolved.
|Me and "Mr. Right" at The Ranch - 1980|
In the years since I began my blog in 2005, I have received several such inquiries from my past. I am always glad to help provide information to those who are attempting to close a chapter in their life.
|Maybe not "Mr. Right" after all|
I called Juan V. today and gave him the information on Joe that he asked for. I told him that Joe died in 1994 of AIDS related causes. I also told him that Joe was cremated and his ashes spread over his five acre parcel of property he and is partner Bob M. (who died a year previously also of AIDS related causes) owned and spent their weekends away from their home in New Jersey.
|Joe (center) with my friend Bob H. (on left - lots of "Bobs" in my life) and my other friend Bob (on the right with finger pointing)|