The Great, Great Greg Kahn

I am unable to make it to the memorial service, and I so regret that; when I heard the news, I walked home, took a soda out of the fridge, sat down, and sobbed. Then I immediately thought of him helping me off the floor when I passed out in his bathroom and I laughed. I hope maybe my thoughts can make it into the readings, if possible. Greg Kahn and I covered sports together at The Baytown Sun in 1993 and hat met maybe a couple years prior. We’d meet at 6am to do the sports section, go to Golden Corral for breakfast, crash at my place for a few hours, and get up to cover Little League or high school volleyball. Then grab a cold one somewhere in Houston to laugh about the day’s low-pay, labor of love events. From hilarious discussions on how well blacks and Jews get along contrary to what the bureaucrats say, to signing off our emails in our own secret code, to his golden advice on anything and everything, to the “soon man, soon” reply to the 150+ times I asked him when he was gonna marry that nice girl he had, to keeping the swimsuit issue in our adjoining desks at work as instant stress relief for being young liberals in a small Texas town, to our last time seeing each other in midtown Manhattan over mimosas and pancakes, only Greg Kahn could navigate all those waters successfully with humor and an intensity that burned but hardly ever outwardly. I’ve told at least 20 people since his passing that there are probably thousands of people who knew Greg, and it’s very likely that, as is the case for me, he is one of the top two or three friends they’ve ever had and one of the few they fully could trust. When a relative of mine passed several years ago, we concluded his services by giving him a standing ovation. I hope everyone gets time to do that for Greg on Thursday. As we say in the city, big ups to my man Greg, and mad props to his fam and friends. Stay blessed….craig wilson, nyc

2 comments on “The Great, Great Greg Kahn
  1. Elise Perachio says:

    This is statement SO true! And something to marvel at, isn’t it: “…there are probably thousands of people who knew Greg, and it’s very likely that, as is the case for me, he is one of the top two or three friends they’ve ever had and one of the few they fully could trust.”
    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Anita Bose says:

    Craig – I remember hanging out with you two in NYC in some fake Irish bar and getting into some drunken argument with you – and G had to intervene 😉 Hope you are doing well. And thanks so much for sharing. Xx

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