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Memorial services Sunday for Michael Litfin

Original post made on Feb 14, 2008

A "Celebration of Michael Litfin's Life" will be held Sunday morning (Feb. 17) at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre. The 11 a.m. memorial service will feature alumni of the theater who will present songs and memories of Litfin's 30-plus years with the theater.

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Posted by Change date?
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Feb 14, 2008 at 8:59 am

Can't this be changed. This interferes with the Amgen Bike Race extravaganza that is planned for Sunday in Palo Alto

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Posted by Biker Gal
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 14, 2008 at 9:58 am

Children's Theatre is not near the bike event.
Road closure map: Web Link

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2008 at 10:51 am

Traffic trying to get across town on Sunday is going to be a nightmare.
The theatre is close enough to downtown that parking is going to be a problem. The streets around the theatre will not be closed, but they will be affected. Anyone wanting to come from North Palo Alto to the service will have to detour through huge amounts of traffic.

Bad idea.

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Feb 14, 2008 at 1:47 pm

the race is at 1pm

walking or biking is an alternative if you are that close

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Posted by Alicia
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Michael would love for you to ride your bike! Always said something to me about mine! So sorry I won't be there. I haven't been able to get into the Friends website all week, is it having problems? I'm in Seattle and relying on Google news for updates.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2008 at 8:24 pm

The race may be at 1.00 pm but the road closures start early Sunday morning.

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Posted by maggie
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 14, 2008 at 8:50 pm

change the memorial for michael?
you've go be kidding!!!!
what arrogance!
shame on you

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2008 at 11:03 pm

I don't think anyone is realistically wanting the plans for the memorial changed at this stage. I just think that there has been some bad planning here and that many who are planning to attend will have difficulties. I hope I can be proved wrong, but for those planning to attend, give yourself a lot more time than you expect and plan to walk a few blocks if necessary.

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Posted by Theater Friend
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 14, 2008 at 11:20 pm

The time was originally set for 1PM and changed to 11:00 due to the Amgen Bike Race. The event is being held on Sunday to accomodate out of town visitors.

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Posted by gogreen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2008 at 11:30 pm

What is wrong with everyone?

Does everything have to be complained about on a public forum?

If you claim to be REAL PALO ALTANS, who value this and that, then what's wrong with just going with the flow and walking or biking?

Yeah, all you freakin' faux-environmental posers out there don't even come close to knowing what's really up.

Most people who are going to the bike race are choosing alternative transportation by conscious choice, not convenience. I still cannot believe the selfishness of some people who are whining because of the scheduling of a memorial service. Just PAR for the course, I guess...

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Posted by GetAGrip
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 15, 2008 at 6:40 am

Folks - the guy is dead; he worked all his life for the theater, which is a major part of the community. No comments about the investigation - but the least he deserves is a good last service, a heartflet tribute for the tireless work he put in.

Get a grip - go there early enough to beat the traffic; get a picnic lunch and eat there - where there is a will, there is a way - if you honestly care about this event, you will find a way to make it to the venue.

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Posted by Kathy Babcock
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2008 at 11:06 am

Although I live in another state and cannot attend the service, my thoughts and prayers are for you, Michael. Your influence in the life of Curtis Stege was powerful and important. I will always be grateful for those years and your place in them. Bless you, Michael
Kathy Babcock and in spirit, Curtis Stege

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Posted by Henry Loughman
a resident of another community
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm

I would just like to take a moment and express my heartfelt sympathies to all of Michael's friends, family and colleagues. I served as Technical Director of the Children's for just over two years. Although we had our differences, Michael's dedication to his craft, the children and the community of Palo Alto were undeniable and unsurpassed. To the community of The Palo Alto Children's Theatre, please accept my sincere condolences. To Pat, Allison, Rich, Mike, and Emika keep your heads held high and hang in there. To the people of Palo Alto, please understand how important and vital this program is to the commmunity, not just in Palo Alto but all over the world.
Sincerely, Henry Loughman

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Posted by Your cousin, Suzie
a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Michael, you'll always hold a special place in my heart. You are now in a better place, and the world is a better place for having you. May the Lord Bless You and Keep You, and hold you in the palm of His Hand.

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