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byrd Aug 30, 2007 09:19 AM

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  1. warrenr RE: byrd Aug 30, 2007 10:34 AM

    very sad to hear. he was a real inspiration to me and many others as a great educator and advocate of beer and spirits. the offerings on the shelves of our stores would be much smaller and less interesting if it wasn't for him. i think too few people realize how many breweries and distilleries he personally had a hand in saving from ruin.

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      Kenji RE: byrd Aug 30, 2007 06:26 PM

      I'm very sad to hear this. I remember that an article of his which appeared in Malt Advocate several months ago had a different tone to it; he discussed, without self-pity, his battle with Parkinson's disease. If it weren't for Michael Jackson's books and articles, I'd have been fairly lost when it came to exploring good beer when I started to do so in the late 80s. And of course, MJ had been doing his inspiring writing on beer since well before that. What a loss to the world of beer appreciation.

      1. Bellyacher RE: byrd Aug 30, 2007 07:18 PM

        I have a copy of his "Beer Companion" by my bedside, and enjoy his insightful descriptions before drifting off. As Kenji said, his observations have helped guide me in the development of my beer palate, and I thank him for that.

        Oktoberfest is just beginning here in Colorado and will continue through September. I'll be sure to raise a stein in his honor this weekend.

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          LRS RE: byrd Sep 3, 2007 09:29 AM

          today's nytimes article on Jackson
          http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/03/wor...

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            Jim Dorsch RE: LRS Sep 3, 2007 10:19 AM

            MJ was a wonderful man, with kindness to match his writing talent. I miss him very much.

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            Kelli2006 RE: byrd Sep 3, 2007 01:29 PM

            I was shocked to read news of his death a day ago. RIP Sir.

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              Jim Leff RE: Kelli2006 Sep 29, 2007 02:44 PM

              I'm really sorry I missed this thread (condolences to Jim Dorsch, who was really close with Michael). FYI, see this: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/446093

            2. Den RE: byrd Oct 8, 2007 01:47 PM

              I must have been out of the news as I hadn't heard of the passing until now. I had the opportunity to talk with him several times at a variety of tastings. One of the most amusing of those times was after he released his scotch book and I had him sign it. He looked rather "pissed" and I asked him how many drinks he had that day and his eyes kind of rolled back in his head as if he were counting and he said "I think it's about 15...but I haven't hit my stride"

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