Dear Chicago Reader,

With your permission I would like to employ Peter Margasak to write the eulogy for my deceased grandfather. I know, after reading Peter’s Post No Bills article on the closing of Lounge Ax (“The Ax Finally Falls,” December 17, 1999), that Peter would be able to look past the 80-plus years my grandfather has lived as a loving husband, a father of two very well loved daughters, grandfather to five, great-grandfather to four new babies, a friend to many in his Brooklyn neighborhood where he lived most of his life, a self-made business man, etc, and focus on the last few months of his life as his life when he could barely walk or do anything physical, his mind wandered, and he could barely use the toilet by himself. I think the way Peter ignored the 12 years Lounge Ax provided a stage to some of the most creative and progressive new music both locally and nationally not to mention setting a standard in Chicago (and across the country) all other small original music clubs were judged against is telling of his self-thought “provocative” way of writing. Lounge Ax’s Sue and Julia were and are leaders in their field. I think his lack of respect and reverence that he gave Sue and Julia, that they deserve, should be noted, too. I think the way Peter chooses to “kick ’em while they are down or on the way out” shows a lot about his own character. Peter is in a unique position where he has a full page every week in one of this country’s largest city’s arts weeklies. Instead of turning people on to music or people worth knowing about and educating his readers, he seems to often aim low by hurling insults at people that don’t have such a venue to rebut (see: Diane Izzo article on her debut CD). Is it because he likes the letters section to be filled with replies to his stories so he knows his stories are being read? If so I am as sorry I wrote this letter, as I am that I read his column.

Mark Greenberg