Rarely do I go the personal route here. If you’re looking for social media tips or strategy, you may want to skip but I wanted to take today to honor my older brother and his two friends.
Doug (my brother), Michael Dahlquist and John Glick were all close friends, local musicians and coworkers at Shure Inc. here in Chicago. Four years ago, on July 14, 2005, all three were killed as their car was hit from behind at a stop light. The individual responsible for the act was traveling at 90+ miles per hour, attempting suicide. She’s walked free since last October.
Words can’t begin to express how much we all cherished Doug, Michael and John. Together, they touched thousands of lives.
It’s funny to think back about my brother’s involvement on the Web. He was never a techy or big fan of the Web. But a community builder? Absolutely. In any situation, people seemed to gravitate to Doug. Were he alive today, I have a feeling he would have evolved into a social media superstar. I can’t help but hop over and look at his journal entries (seriously worth the laughs and one of the best representations of Doug) when reminding myself about the importance of owning a creative voice and keeping a light outlook on life. I also have a feeling that based on these two videos below, there would have been quite the YouTube channel in the mix between the guys.
As Doug, Michael and John touched the lives of others from across the country, it’s the social Web that allows us to quickly connect with one another, recall fond memories and memorialize their lives. The humor, compassion and amazing talent of all three men will always be remembered.
In the words of Doug’s college roommate and close friend Joe Gray, don’t forget to always “hug your friends.”