A dear, close friend, Richard Goldstein, left us Monday at age 56. He had been very unhappy for the last year, career wise, and hopefully for him, the pain has now ended.
But let’s take a moment and remember Rich, pre-2013.
Funny guy, loved movies, art, his wife Lisa, his kids Daniel and Dana, his sisters, brother and nephew, talk radio, hamburgers and playing the guitar.
We met when my then 13-year-old son Sam pointed out that I could be a better father, “like Daniel’s.”
So I made a cold call to Rich to ask for pointers and we hit it off, right away, meeting at Mr. Pocket’s in Manhattan Beach over burgers and pool.
We were both good fathers, but he was the better one–more attentive, dropping everything to run to Disneyland for the day, driving them from here to there, yakking on the phone for more hours than I could handle.
Rich ran a graphic design firm, Northshore, and his specialty was auction advertising. He was a talented cartoonist and sketch artist and for awhile offered his sketch services here on Facebook–you send the JPG and he’d sketch a toon directly for you.
Sadly, at $20 a pop, there wasn’t enough volume to make it financially viable, and he gave it up.
Rich grew up in the Valley, with a group of friends he remained in close contact with through the years, and even married his college sweetheart years later.
He loved living by the beach, and named his company Northshore Designers because he one day saw himself living out the golden years in Hawaii.
I had many great one-on-ones with Rich on the Manhattan Beach/Hermosa Beach/Redondo Beach Strand, and especially at Good Stuff Restaurants in Redondo and El Segundo, where we talked for hours over my Ole salad and his pasta dish.
I’ll treasure those times, and will really miss Rich.
Funeral arrangements are tentatively planned for Friday, at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills.
Here’s more from the recent photo shoot for the #USATODAY #TalkingTech Miami Tech Scene visit. We didn’t have room for all @USATODAY–but we do here.
Thanks everyone for posing!
And finally, the big group shot in front of the LAB Miami co-working space, in the beautiful Wynwood section of town.
I’m loving the new GoPro Hero 3+ camera even more than the old Hero 3–even thought the upgrades are seemingly minor.
Check out the footage in these 2 videos.
I go way back with the A-Man–back to the 80s and 90s and his first syndicated late night talk show. So it was cool to reunite again for my “Talking Your Tech” web series.
Here we are, on the set, talking tech for USA TODAY, on the set of his new show. It’s great to have him back!