I am sure you have your hands full at the moment, but I thought I would contribute yet another memory to this touching collection, and maybe you will find the time to post it. Regardless, it meant a lot to me to take the time to do it.
My name is Daniel, and I met Chris through Mike Wallace in my second year of high school. It was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I had never had friends like that before. Chris was always so passionate about whatever subject he chose to rave about, and he had a delightful and wicked sense of humor I have not encountered again since.
Chris introduced me to so much music. We even made a bit of our own together from time to time. In the summer after graduation, us and a few ol’ boys went on a road trip (my first) to see Radiohead in Vancouver. Some of my fondest memories date back to those days. There was one night at a random campground where everyone fell asleep way too early, and him and I spent hours until daybreak smoking drum cigarettes and talking. I will remember that night for the rest of my life.
Seeing him make it so far with his music was always an inspiration to me. His skills and imagination were strikingly remarkable, and I am so lucky to have shared just a fraction of his talent in the time we had together.
But that is only my story (or at least just a glimpse of it), and everybody visiting your site already knows how special he was. However, sincerely, I am a better person for knowing Christopher. Seeing so many people from all over the world pour in their affection makes this phenomenon all that much more ethereal, and I am so glad to see that much support… Chris, you, and your family, truly deserve it.
Thank you so much for creating this beautiful place to visit and remember one of the great men of our time; one I have been blessed enough to know.
I send every last good wish I have left in me to you and your family
(whom I had the pleasure to meet a long, long time ago)
(picture dates from august 2003)