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#51 In A Silent Way

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 02:18 PM

Mike P. was working as recently as NYE for First Night Burlington.
http://www.burlingto...-New-Year-s-Eve

#52 Tim the Beek

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 03:04 PM

RIP Mike. :sad:

#53 Luvsdaizies

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 03:36 PM

@ Nancy - If im not mistaken it was a stomach virus that had him in the ER with 104 degree temp and vomiting for 7 or more days. From that he lost a tremendous amount of weight and was very weak even weeks later. He contracted Pneumonia, Im not sure if it was a function of any cold or virus or if it was just being weak and low immuned and in the hospital. He battled Pnumonia the entire month of december and the last posts he made on FB near christmas time said he was weak but feeling better and out of the hospital at the time. That's the last I knew - When I learn more, or hopefully someone else does, will post.

Gordon just posted an interview with Mike and Wavy Gravy from 2008 - on Mike's FB page - His laugh is so great! If you have time give it a listen - especially the last minute.

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#54 TigerRose

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:28 PM

Michaeal Potashnick, long time emcee for Gathering of the Vibes, left us on Monday, apparently due to complications from pnuemonia. This is a devestating blow to the GOTV production crew and the entire Vibe Tribe. He was truly one of us and he will be sorely missed.

I'm not clear on all the details surrounding this tragic bit of news. Word just got out yesterday morning and so far, that's all I know. Perhasp someone here who has more info can chime in.

I wanted to pass on this to our little community here.

In 2008, I did an interview with Mike and Wavy Gravy for Radio Vibes. Here it is with a few good pics of Mike thrown in...



Take care, Mike. You and your laugh will forever be with us in our hearts.

#55 TigerRose

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:30 PM

Oops...

IASW already started a thread so could a vibe guide delete this one?

Thanks..

#56 TigerRose

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:32 PM

I'm truly crushed by this news. I did the vid last night. I have no words...

#57 Deadshow Dan

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:33 PM

:heart:

#58 Misha

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:34 PM

So sad, he will be missed so much:heart:

#59 insolent cur

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:38 PM

Oops...

IASW already started a thread so could a vibe guide delete this one?

Thanks..

i merged the threads rather than delete your contribution.

#60 TigerRose

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:38 PM

Grassyass, senor.

#61 Deadshow Dan

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:40 PM

(((Gordie)))

By the way, thanks for giving me the opportunity to meet Mike

#62 jamiebear

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:28 PM

:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:

#63 In A Silent Way

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:55 PM

http://blogs.burling...ike-potashnick/

#64 Burning Heart

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:48 PM

(((Mike)))
I can hear the MC at the Pearly Gates now...
"Let's give a warm ...Heavenly ...greeting...for Mike Potashnick"
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#65 joemango

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:05 PM

I was lucky enough to share a few drinks and a few stories with Mike P. both at Vibes and in various clubs in the Bridgeport area. Year after year, we always seemed to wind up hanging out in the same place after Vibes was done and the staff were all winding down. We'd trade stories of that year's fest and some other gems from the world of concert production and we'd both note that this seemed to be a repeating occurrence. Vibes just won't be the same without him.

I just listened to the recording of Mike on the Vibes 09 stage introducing Ken Hays who introduced the Mayor, who introduced DBB. It got me all teary just hearing his voice, realizing what we've lost. I don't know who could possibly fill his shoes on that stage.

RIP Mike. :sad:

#66 Luvsdaizies

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:14 PM

@ Joe - Any chance you can post that recording here or on FB? I'd love to hear it.

#67 Deadshow Dan

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:17 PM

I don't know who could possibly fill his shoes on that stage.

You don't fill those shoes.







Though I have a person in mind to MC the main stage

#68 joemango

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 10:11 PM

@ Joe - Any chance you can post that recording here or on FB? I'd love to hear it.


I'll try. I don't have anywhere to host it though. I'm going to put together a Vibes 09 (I don't have the main stage recordings from 2010) montage of Mike and I'll give it to the vibes website admin. Please stand by.

Mango

#69 Mr_Pat

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 10:14 PM

i merged the threads rather than delete your contribution.


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#70 Mr_Pat

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 10:16 PM

I actually met Mike last year when Primus was on stage... He was hanging in wavy's tent and I ended up there some how :dunno: :shocked: and started BS'ing with him for 20 minutes.... It was one of the best conversations I had all weekend. We hit it off good and had a few good laughs, It ended with him tell me to get the fuck out as he flipped me his card and told me to email him... I wish I had. He was a good dude.

#71 TigerRose

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 10:27 PM

I talked to Wavy's manager yesterday and gave him the news. Leda had already beat me to the punch but since Wavy *just* got out of back surgery last night, Mark (his manager) decided to wait a day or so before telling him. It's going to hit him very hard. If you look at Mike's FB page, his profile pic is him and Wavy both with the red clown nose and Mike with his arm around Wavy.

#72 Leda

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:03 AM

I have one thing to say....THIS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So grateful to *know* you, Mike P. So sad to see you go.

:cry1::cry1::cry1:

#73 Bob K

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:59 AM

This one hurts badly. I have so much to say but can't put the words in the correct order in my head right now.

#74 TigerRose

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:40 AM

:cry1:

It's too hard to think of a Vibes without him. And at some point in the next month or so, I might be able to get through this...and then Vibes will come around and he won't be there and it's going to be hard all over again.

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#75 sarah b.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:05 AM

(( :heart: ))

#76 fire_rocket

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:40 PM

:heart:

#77 twilight dancer

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:04 PM

<3

#78 Randi

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:27 PM

OMG--what a shock! I don't know what to say other than I cannot picture a Vibes without Mike. So terribly sad. A huge loss.

#79 Luna

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:28 PM

<3

#80 Jambear

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:34 PM

:heart:Very Sad news, he will be sorley missed and always remembered.:heart:

#81 mountain mama

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 04:01 PM

:heart: so sad to hear this. condolences to all of our vibe tribe. rest in peace, Mike.

#82 nique

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:00 PM

I remember him and his strong voice asking everyone to only leave footprints:rose: Very sad this happened:heart:
He will be missed:heart:

#83 Luvsdaizies

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:09 AM

has anyone heard of services/obituary posting yet?

#84 Feesh

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:11 AM

:heart:

#85 Mr_Pat

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:13 AM

I remember him and his strong voice asking everyone to only leave footprints:rose: Very sad this happened:heart:
He will be missed:heart:


And the "is there any body out there..." and just as I get to sleep "VibeTribe!!!! Wake up!"

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#86 insolent cur

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:01 AM

nice tribute on the gotv home page. :heart:

#87 fire_rocket

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 01:39 PM

has anyone heard of services/obituary posting yet?


I just checked the burlington free press website again but didn't find anything. I'm pretty sure he lived in the Burlington area so I'm guessing it would be in there. I'll try and update this if I hear anything.

www.burlingtonfreepress.com

#88 Mr_Pat

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:24 PM

<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18728434?byline=0&portrait=0" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/18728434">In Loving Memory of Michael J. Potashnick</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/govibes">Vibe Tribe</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

#89 SHStrangers

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:42 PM

RIP Mike P

#90 fire_rocket

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:55 PM

I just checked the burlington free press website again but didn't find anything. I'm pretty sure he lived in the Burlington area so I'm guessing it would be in there. I'll try and update this if I hear anything.

www.burlingtonfreepress.com


They're still waiting to make the details b/c his family is coming up from PA. I'll keep you informed if I hear anything. :heart:

#91 nancykind

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:01 PM

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Edited by nancykind, 17 February 2011 - 03:28 PM.


#92 fire_rocket

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:47 PM

((((((Nancy))))) Don't be too hard on yourself. :heart:

#93 manzanita stark

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:07 PM

:heart::heart::heart:

#94 HABIT

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:11 PM

It seems Mike was such a big part of Vibes, then why isn't he a RIP Sticky thread? Is there rules to being a RIP sticky thread?

#95 OnBongos

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:59 PM

RIP :heart:
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#96 BoggleKng

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 01:55 AM

Mike, your voice and your Vibes will be missed terribly..

#97 Jackie

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 03:42 AM

Mike P always reminded us to take care of each other. It's a beautiful legacy, Mike. We miss you, it aches, and we'll try to take care of each other. Love, us.

#98 aly

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 04:35 PM

I am having a really hard time with this... words can not express what I am feeling...

Once I get back home I will go through all my pictures of all the fun times we all spent together :heart: :heart: :heart:

#99 Davethephunletter

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:15 PM

All best wishes that warm memories swiftly replace sadness in the heart's of his family & friends. :heart:



well said^

#100 micki

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:27 PM

:heart::heart::heart: