These are some of the people that were a part of Michael's life: Please
help this web site be accurate by sending in corrections, additions, or
Ann Blatt - his mother.
Abraham Blatt - his father
Leila Marcia Blatt - his sister
Memorial exerpts - here are a few from London ....
Text: Ann Finer (London)
Michael was a very complex character. He was an enigma, unorthodox, a
maverick, and a master of paradox... He delighted in coming out with the
unexpected, even irrelevant, but there was a streak of sense in what he
said... He was a very sensitive person, who cared about the environment
and about people... He translated his compassion into action... I shall
always remember Michael and be grateful for his ineffable gift.
Shirley Malin (London)
Michael was a man of considerable talent... an artist in his music-making...
a singer and music-maker... I never saw Michael so much at ease as when
he was singing, of course accompanying himself on his beloved guitar which,
when he played, seemed to become an extended part of him. At these times,
he seemed transported out of himself onto another level and he was able
to take us with him... Michael was a man of spiritual aspiration and insight...
In remembering him, it will always be with compassion for his suffering...
warmth and affection.
Will Hopper (London)
Michael was a performer in all aspects of his life but the persona he
presented to the outside world was...simply a dramatisation of his inner
life... My abiding memories of Michael are his genuine concern for other
people's spiritual well-being... his sense of fun. For me he will always
be present in the Chapel, sitting at the back with his stick and occasionally
with his guitar...
Audrey Nash (London)
Michael made me laugh, he had extraordinary wit. He was a sensitive and
caring man. He saw a hostile world out there and cared deeply for our
survival and the planet's survival... Michael gave me a great gift which
has deeply touched my life - he will continue to influence my life in
ways I have yet to see manifest... He touched us all and will live on
in our memories. I will always miss Michael - he was part of my life and
no-one will take his place. Live on Michael, through all our warm memories
of how you touched our lives, through your music, through the gifts you
gave us. You really did make a difference.
Rev. Frederick Lipp (Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, London 24 January
We might wonder what Michael would say to us in such an hour in this room
where he sang and played the guitar, where he challenged others to think
and be surprised by insight, where he both sought help and shared his
compassion. First, I believe Michael would chuckle, his eyes flash mischievously,
and with a slight of hand toward his guitar say: "What would you like
me to say, except to remind you whatever I did or didn't do, this is your
inner work...not mine. I am at rest. My pain is over, my gifts whatever
you understand them to be are yours to do with them what you wish. By
the way did you ever return the book I loaned you. Keep it. I hope you're
not upset with me. Would you like me to play something..." Let us sing,
Universal Spirit, a song Michael most loved and was practicing on his
guitar and memorizing to add to his wide repertoire.
Sean Mahaffey (London)
Hilary & Jonathan Raymond - cousins
(This is a partial list. Please e-mail
your name and a short tribute or rememberance if you are lucky enough
to be counted as one of Michael's friends)