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March 7, 2012

Mourning in America

Breitbart

Like so many others, I haven’t stopped thinking about Andrew Breitbart since we learned the tragic news last week that he died at 43.

It’s not so much “how?”, I can’t stop thinking: why? Why did he have to die? He was in the prime of his life, at the peak of his career, he loved his wife so much, he had four gorgeous kids. Why does it have to be this way?

I’ve been in a blur for days. I knew him but not well enough to be this despondent. Monday night showed me that there are so many others like me, feeling around in the dark without an Andrew Breitbart to guide us.

Two nights ago, my friends David Bernstein, Robert George and I put together an event to celebrate Andrew’s life. We started out with an invite list of about 100, then it ballooned to almost 400. I think over a hundred people showed up. Maybe more. We met in the tiny Sanctuary bar in midtown and toasted the man of men, Andrew Breitbart. The place was super packed, spilling out the door at many points in the night.

So many people had a story. He was funny, he was kind. He was confrontational, he was fearless. No one can take his place. We’re so sad to lose him but we celebrated that we ever had him at all.

We toasted his life. I think the only thing Andrew wouldn’t have liked is that he missed the party.

I only started taking pics pretty late into the event so, unfortunately, I missed a lot of people. If anyone else has pics, please let me know: alarmingnews at gmail.com and I’ll link them here. Also, if anyone has video of my toast or Pamela Geller’s, please, please send it to me.

Crowd out the door to get in (The only faces in the pic are Gerard Perry on the right and Mark Cunningham on the left):
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Jeffrey Wendt’s button:
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Mark (I didn’t get his last name),Judith Weiss and Jeffrey Wendt:
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@Prettynumbers and I
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Kyle Smith, Abe Greenwald and @Prettynumbers
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Me and my co-host David:
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Abe Greenwald, Matt Welch, Michael Moynihan and me.
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We toasted. A lot.
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That’s Avik Roy in the foreground, super narrow bar in background.
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Hunter Walker, from the NY Observer, interviewing Matt Welch. Hunter ended up writing a piece called “What Would Breitbart Do? Manhattan Conservatives Mourn Fallen Firebrand”
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It was an amazing night. So many different kinds of people made the trip from all over the tri-state area to celebrate the life of this incredible man. R.I.P. Andrew Breitbart. You’re already so missed.

UPDATE: Anthony Bialy has a take from the Toast.

MORE: Pamela Geller writes it up as does Big Fur Hat.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Gerard at American Rattlesnake has a great write-up.

Posted by Karol at 11:03 AM |
Comments

Karol – great piece. I’ve posted more pix at the Breitbart event page on FB. Will email as well.
cat

Posted by: cat at March 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

Thanks a lot!

Posted by: Karol at March 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

We could do with some of the same fire within our cnadidates

Posted by: Old Grumpy Tired at March 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

[...] why honoring him this week was so important. Karol Markowicz-who, along with David Bernstein and Robert George, did a fantastic job of successfully [...]

Posted by: We Are Breitbart | American-Rattlesnake at March 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Thank you, Karol.
I regret not to be introduced to so many interesting people -but the occasion was too sad for “networking”.
First time I regret not having twitter; all these links you give…

Posted by: Tatyana at March 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

[...] why honoring him this week was so important. Karol Markowicz-who, along with David Bernstein and Robert George, did a fantastic job of successfully [...]

Posted by: Mourning Breibart | FavStocks at March 8, 2012 at 3:45 am

[...] And here’s another report from New York. [...]

Posted by: Instapundit » Blog Archive » LOOKS LIKE THE TURNOUT WAS PRETTY GOOD: A report from the Boston Breitbart memorial. And here’s … at March 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

Maybe next year we could celebrate Andrew on his anniversary with a different president. If so, we may have Andrew to thank for that.

Posted by: mike crosby at March 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

I couldn’t attend but could something in his memory be set up on Meetup.com so that people can meet conservatives in the media and people in the media can meet business and entrepreneurs and start making conservative politics something that isn’t simply pigeonholed as politics.

The Democrats are entirely a machine movement, conservatives have not bridged the gap left over. Could someone in the media please try.

Posted by: Mr. G at March 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

I saw the announcement on Instapundit… while I was sick as a dog with an attack of food poisoning. I guess I wasn’t supposed to be there.

I never met the great man, and now I never will. Damn damn damn damn.

Posted by: werewife at March 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

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Posted by: Datechguy's Blog » Blog Archive » DaTechGuy at da Breitbart Boston Memorial » Datechguy's Blog at March 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

[...] that is why people in Washington , New York and Boston and beyond remember him and that’s also why the event in Boston was more about [...]

Posted by: Datechguy's Blog » Blog Archive » The Breitbart Boston Memorial » Datechguy's Blog at March 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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