I Remember Joe: 2011

Pranks. Rope-a-Dope Tweets. Misinformation. I’m not the biggest fan of April Fool’s Day. Never have been. I don’t like practical joke played upon me and playing them on others I’m not too crazy about. (One of many reasons a particular joke a few years back pulled on me jumped the shark. Seriously. They aren’t my thing.) Yes, I hate April Fool’s Day.

I hate April 1 even more as one of my best friends, Joe Murphy, passed away on this day in 2007.

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For those of you new to podcasting, you might have missed the wit of my friend, Joe Murphy. He was (and still is) an amazing guy, his voice now part of the history of such podcasts, as Wingin’ It, Slice of SciFi, The Kick Ass Mystic Ninjas, and the award-winning The Case of the Singing Sword: A Billibub Baddings Mystery. He was taken from us too soon, and on April 1 I remember him.

I got to see Joe a month before he died, and it was hard. He was sick. He didn’t sugar coat his condition though, and that was Joe in a nutshell — he never pulled his punches. He never held back an opinion. He also never came across as cynical or bitter. At least, not to me. Joe had a smile that can turn around a bad day, and he always gave you an honest opinion that you could grow from. He was an amazing guy, and I miss him terribly.

On April 1, I remember my friend, Joe, in memories like the one I have posted above. I remember his banter against Michael, Evo, and the crew of the original Wingin’ It. I remember his loyalty. I remember how he pushed me to be a better writer, and a better person. This year, I’m also remembering Joe by retiring the yearly tribute podcast I post.

Why?

Since 2007, Jack Mangan and I have asked that you remember our fallen friend, Joe Murphy, by syndicating a tribute I put together just after his death. This year, as I was reminding myself I needed to report it, I felt as if I heard my friend say to me, “Tee, come on, you’ve made your point. Can we move on please?”

Yeah, that was Joe. He believed in friendship, and he believed in paying tribute, sure; but he wouldn’t want people to dwell. I don’t think he would have wanted Jack and I to dwell. So this is how I remember Joe. The above image is a memory of friendship that I want to share with you all; and if you have such a memory to share of Joe, please do so on your own network. But if you didn’t know Joe, post a moment — a particular blink in your own personal history — that embodies friendship. This is what today should be: a celebration of friendship and a tribute to those lost.

I’m Tee Morris. I’m a blogger, podcaster, and writer. And I remember Joe.

7 thoughts on “I Remember Joe: 2011

  1. I remember Joe.

    Tee, I still have that wristband that I got from you at Archon a few years back. “Joe Murphy – Our Missing Ninja” It’s looped to my mic stand. Ever once in a while one of the kids will pull it off and ask me if I want to wear it, but it has its special place. It’s staying there. Joe was a great voice in podcasting, a reviewer that was fun, entertaining, but never snarky. That’s a rarity today. Snark has become synonymous with entertaining… and it really isn’t.

    I can’t say that I remember Joe as a friend, because that would be ingenuous. I didn’t know him personally at all, but I was an avid listener of the shows he was part of until he left us. I do remember Joe as an inspiration. Someone who was real.

    Raise a root beer today for Mason Rocket.

  2. I’ve also never been a fan of April fools day for many reasons. I never met Joe, as I came into podcasting too late in the game, but I am glad he was there in the beginning. Every year I remember Joe through you. Thanks Tee for keeping the spirit alive.

  3. Like Jeff, I came into podcasting just a little too late to have known Joe… but thanks to you and Jack and others, I can applaud the work ethic and good nature of a kind person whose dedication made what we do possible in such a caring community. It seems like Joe embodies (not embodied, because you and others preserved so much of what he did so that it continues today) so many things that make the podcasting community welcoming, meaningful, and personal to both creator and listener.

  4. I never met Joe, but as many listeners of podcasts I felt I knew him a bit. I listened to him weekly and you can’t help but love him. When he was sick, it was hard, when he died, even harder. I never met him, but I always think about him on April First. April first, my grandfather’s birthday and the day I remember Joe most… not a day for pranks.

    Googling about today I found the page for his memorial fund… it’s an ad domain now.

  5. The money raised by the Joe Murphy Memorial Fund was given to the hospice that took care of Joe in the final days. We would have liked to keep it going, but time and resources just weren’t there.

    However, Joe did leave a legacy with his work; and the amount of comments today is reassuring that folks still hold him close in their own way.

    Thanks, everyone.

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