2012 Year in Review at alexgtsakumis.com…Only One Story Mattered, Frankly…
I was going to do a review of the year’s top stories.
But that’s not going to happen.
I sat down very early this morning, and started to write, but I couldn’t get past the one story that still causes me so much pain.
The death of Tom Galimberti.
I can’t even write his name without tearing up. He was a mentor, a friend, a supporter–the coach in my corner when I felt I couldn’t get off my stool and lift another glove.
Every time any of you who enjoy what I do here write such lovely notes in support of me, know that you are able to continue to do so because of Tom. He pushed me to stay, as I was ready to quit about a dozen times in the last year. Sean Holman was right: This is a most stressful effort and doing it on your own is exceedingly tough. I got tired of the threats, angst and consternation, particularly over by ‘Basi-Virk’ work. Christy and her cadre of corruption is burying the province, that Gordon left raped and unconscious.
Tom died of a sudden heart attack earlier this year and I miss the midnight calls that came every day; I miss them more than I could possibly articulate. We reviewed the headlines together, he in Victoria, and I in Vancouver. We talked about the posts I put up, future ones too. He was a constant presence in a very lonely business. He appeared here as ‘Deep Throat’. He loved that I loved William Shatner’s ‘Denny Crane’ character from ‘Boston Legal.’ We spent hours laughing about that. We talked ‘Basi-Virk’ as he had insider knowledge of what had happened at the time of the raids–prior to and thereafter. We talked fine wine and cigars, places we visited, our children, women we loved, friends we lost.
And now he’s gone. And I’m alone again in this terminally lonely business. Alone, I suppose, except for the love and respect I get from all of you. I’m really grateful for that. Really grateful. It’s not been an easy year for me. I’m glad it’s over.
I should have taken an extended break after Tom died, but I didn’t.
I could never replace the man as a life coach. Tom’s thorough love of my work was deep and abiding. He warned me about the MSM and I didn’t want to listen. Every betrayal he predicted came true. Every one of them.
Tom was one of the most intelligent, affable, warm, compassionate, caring men I’ve ever encountered.
Yes, we had earthquakes, disasters, tragedies and notable events in this world in 2012. The federal government kept a steady hand on the tiller, while losing their agenda for awhile. The provincial government extended its tyranny, helmed by crazed, deluded high school cheerleader, so completely unqualified to be anywhere near public life.
It was quite a year, indeed.
But out of respect for Tom’s memory, I’m going to simply re-post the story I did on him, and hope you’ll forgive me, for just this once, since I’m doing a post for me. I need some closure on his death, as it keeps bubbling to the top.
So, to one of the most wonderful human beings the world will ever know, the honour of ‘Newsmaker of the Year 2012′ at alexgtsakumis.com, goes, posthumously, to Tom Galimberti.
So long, pal. Warm winds at your back…
I’ll be back tomorrow with a ‘Happy New Year’ post.
Please be safe out there tonight.