June 19th, 2008


Douglas Fisher, 62

A cousin of mine, Douglas Fisher, died from a fall while on a kayaking trip in Utah.


I didn't know him at all, and I'm surprised to see that he lived in my town. He and I shared a great-great-grandfather (Iudel Sokolovsky), and I've recently been in touch with Douglas's father Ernie, who was a cousin of my mom's and was in contact with her before she died. I'll be going to the funeral this Sunday.

Like with my father's aunt who died a short time ago, I really didn't know Douglas. But ever since Mom died, I've felt a need to keep track of family as much as I can, no matter how distant they are. And I do want to see these cousins again, even if it's at a funeral. I've been meaning to sit down with Ernie and interview him about family history; I'm starting to think that maybe with Nomi's new microphone, it's now time for me to make that project a reality.

We're Fine. We Were There, But We Are Fine

Fiery car crash shakes Coolidge Corner:

Michael Burstein told the TAB he and his wife were standing at the corner of Stedman and Harvard streets shortly before 5 p.m. when a car came flying by at 55 to 60 miles per hour, heading toward Beacon Street.

"A few seconds later, we heard an enormous crash -- a tremendous boom -- emanating from Coolidge Corner. Then we saw smoke and flames," Burstein said.

They headed in the direction of the crash scene, where, within two or three minutes Burstein estimated, Brookline emergency personnel had arrived, locked everything down and began battling flames.

"Brookline emergency services personnel were amazing," he said.

"It was really a frightening moment," Burstein added.

(ETA: Nomi and I both took photos; they can be found on the Brookline TAB blog at (More) Breaking News)