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    I would like us, the forum to establish some way/s to remember JB. I know there are a lot of suggestions and I would like to hear an open discourse. Let’s keep this thread separate from discussing the circumstances of JB’s death, there's another thread for that, unless ofcourse they have to do with an appropriate memorial. I also want to say that I think this is a very important issue and that I would like to see an active response, whether its organizing, monetary, or physical labor. It wont require that much whatever it is, but I don’t want JB’s death to be forgotten and I don’t want an effort in remembering him to be a pipedream.

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    I think it would be nice to collect his comments on this site- either the better/best ones or all of them, in a memorial thread...though this, I think, is the least that can be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czsz
    I think it would be nice to collect his comments on this site
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    Both Ablarc and I thought it might be beneficial to collect funds toward a reward for the capture of his assailants.

    On another vein, I contacted Hudson River Park and they do not allow commemorative tree plantings or plaque. The guy there, Rich Martin, said Central Park and Prospect Park do have programs like this. I don;t know the area where the accident occurred. Is there a park there where we might be able to do something in his honor?

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    I like the idea of a memorial in an area of the city JB loved. I recall that he particularly liked Washington Heights.

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    I wrote the following to the Parks Department:

    I am writing you on behalf of a group of friends of JB Hehman, the young NYU student recently killed while running from assailants on 125th Street in Harlem. JB loved New York City passionately and we wanted to create a fitting memorial for him that enhances the landscape of the city that can be appreciated by all New Yorkers.

    We thought we might be able to work with the Parks Department to plant and dedicate a tree or garden in his memory and embed a commemorative plaque in honor of his vibrant life. I would be most appreciative of any direction that you and you staff could give us. We were hoping to do this either in the vicinity of his death (125th Street and Park Avenue) or in a park in Washington Heights, an area he particularly enjoyed and promoted. If you could provide any type of monetary requirements, our group could initiate fund raising immediately for a Spring / early summer planting.

    I look forward to your response and direction on our next steps. Thank you.


    I'll keep you posted on the response.

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    These are all touching remembrances for JB, which I would love to contribute to. Perhaps if NYU and students are creating a memorial or fund, that might be another option to contribute to - the more the better. It tugs at my heart to see his latest posts, at times still on the current pages of the latest threads - like he's still a part of the discussion. I particularly enjoy those posts of his that have been reposted in this thread, a great way to remember him. In a way, he lives on.
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    To JB's family and friends ...

    Enduring thoughts of JB's wit, compassion and his great LOVE for NYC.

    From AMEDE, Comelade and lofter1 ...

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    for its family and her friends


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    JB Hehman (1985-2006)

    Man's search for faith. That sort of shit.
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    Apr. 4th, 2006 at 03:34 am

    I went out for karaoke a few days before my birthday after I finished up at work. I'd never been to that bar before, but I had myself a great time. Sherry, Lindsay and Tammy were all there. Nella was there too, celebrating her birthday, and even though I'd only met her once, I knew she was cool. I'm good at sizing people up that way.

    Sherry had texted me earlier that night to warn me that Tammy's psycho ex was in the house and that I should have my cockblocking gear on, or possibly something a little harder. Turned out it was a false alarm. It was Nella's friend JB.

    We cracked jokes about the desperately lonely guy at the end of the bar. He backed me up as I staggered my way through "Hey Ladies", since by that point he was the only other guy in the joint who spoke any English. I'm pretty sure he bought me a beer when he found out that I would be turning twenty-eight a few days later, or that it was my girlfriend's birthday, or that she'd gotten into grad school. Maybe he was just being friendly.

    When we closed the place out, Lindsay, Tammy and myself continued to anger our livers at some hole in the wall in the just-barely-West-Village. Sherry and JB headed off together and Sherry and I went for that all-too-common New York refrain: "Get home safe".

    JB seemed just a little too centered for our bunch. That's as diplomatically as I can put it. But I knew right away that he was cool, and that I wanted to hang out with him again. I'm good at sizing people up that way.

    Early Saturday night, while Jennie was in town and at a friend's party and I struggled through the nasty flu like symptoms that kept me home from work, JB was being chased through Harlem. He was out by Park and 125th when the Mercedes hit him. I won't get into the details of the injuries, but he was left in critical condition and a coma.

    This afternoon I got a message on facebook that he was declared brain dead. I didn't see it, didn't hear about it, didn't read about it on Gothamist. It wasn't until I got to work today that Sherry told me. I got to know him for a approximately four hours. Sherry told me she knew him maybe ten days. He's gone now, and my friends are crushed. I certainly didn't know him well enough to be broken to pieces; I won't pretend that I did. But I knew that he was worth knowing. As much as I know this is bigger than me or him or anyone else I know, I can't help but feel cheated; that I missed out.

    Get home safe, JB.

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    FANS ARE NOW RATING THE SHOWS AS WELL

    1-5 (5 BEING THE BEST)

    Madison Square Garden
    New York, NY
    September 30th, 2003

    Rated "5" by J.B. Hehman

    Madison Square Garden on September 30th. 8:30 p.m. The best coed '70s rock band in the world that's still going strong—and the arena isn't full?!? I felt so bad that so few people came to see Fleetwood Mac that night; I thought I saw Lindsey looking up at the 300 Section and shaking his head before the lights came on. Any disappointment that he might have had following did not surface; the band kicked into motion with "The Chain" and the audience went wild. And there I was in Section 78, to the right of the stage, just about eighty feet away from the stage and having what was probably the best night of my life!

    I can barely remember how the songs went; I recall what I perceived visually, as well as the thrill I felt watching a concert involving a drummer who is as talented as he is psychotic, an equally psychotic-yet-talented guitarist, a reserved bassist, and a witchy woman who's still got it goin' on at 55 years old. Watching them perform with such ease, and with no tension; now I know what people mean when they say the Mac is better than ever. During "Say You Will," "Say Goodbye," "Silver Springs" and "Landslide," Stevie and Lindsey seemed more to be performing for each other than for us. To watch that chemistry, there are just no words to describe it. "Eyes of the World," that gem from 'Mirage' I'd never heard till then, was just plain off the wall; "Second Hand News" was more rock and less ability than the original; "Never Going Back Again" had a nice extra touch with added percussion from Mick; "Tusk" was off the hook, with a memorable moment when Stevie and Lindsey "boxed"; "Silver Springs," my favorite Mac song, just had me in total bliss; "Beautiful Child" was six minutes of thrilling beauty. Lindsey "went insane," if you'll excuse the pun, on his guitar solos for "Go Your Own Way," "Come" and "I'm So Afraid;" at times he'd sit on the edge of the stage, take his hands off his guitar and let the crowd in the front row strum it for him! Lots of humping and lassoing, as well. What a wild man!

    "Stand Back" was probably the hottest moment of the night. Stevie was just on fire!!! At the beginning of the show she had on a pair of three-inch orthopedic (sp?) shoes, but she got out those platform heels near the middle of the concert. After "Tusk" Taku Hirano did a big drum solo (to which Lindsey belly danced, hee hee), and then Stevie ran out on stage with that black-and-gold cape and I literally screamed myself hoarse! (I don't think the people seated behind me really liked me by the end of the night.) The whole crowd was on its feet and Stevie was in her best form in a long time; she did about twelve twirls during "Stand Back" along with two or three high kicks—pretty impressive for 55!

    The night ended with "Goodbye Baby," but much of the crowd had left by then because they were unaware about the encores (lucky me; I had the playlist from the getgo). Just totally beautiful. No other word can describe it. Stevie's voice, raspy yet so tender...sorry if I'm just waxing poetic here; I just loved that song. And then they walked offstage, and it was the end to a magical night.

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    Okay, BR, times a wastin'. I want to know where to send my hundred bucks.

    Iron's hot; time to strike.

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    Check the other JB Thread. I'm looking into the steps to create an additional reward fund tomorrow.

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    Well, being that I don't post all that often, I never really interacted with him, but TLOZ always seemed like one of the nicest, most sincere guys on here. (Gotta love the Zelda fandom too!) His love and positive outlook on the city were nothing short of inspirational. Rest in peace.

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    When JB died I thought a good simple way to remember him would be to rename Anything Goes, a forum which he was very active in. I was afraid that people would misunderstood the forum as a memorial and knowing how JB enjoyed posting “anything” there, I don’t think that even he would approve of such a renaming. That said, I think we should create a new sub-forum with a direction and name to still be determined. The JB Memorial Forum would have amongst other things posts remembering JB’s contributions and life. Posts about creating a memorial. And what I think would be greatest of all posts about urban violence and awareness. Not just stories about heartbreak and sorrow but stories about hope as well. This way JB will have a legacy. Will it be a long-lasting legacy? That depends on the involvement in the forum, but in the worst case scenario where involvement is minimal. The sub-forum will at least recognize JB and an important forum need not be heavily trafficked, for example Wired New York Website and Forum Issues sub-forums aren’t heavily trafficked, but are important nevertheless. JB deserves as much.

    Thoughts?

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