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Dorian Gray Brooklyn

Enjoying another fine weekend in the borough with the intention of using my new bar b que set up this evening with my friends Sara and Steve. This morning, my dad sent me this link to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle on the recent death of Jim Mitchell, the last surviving Mitchell Brother. The article includes reference to San Francisco’s “historic” Monaco Labs.

While Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez paid fine tribute to the brothers in their epic 2000 made for TV feature, it should also be noted that my dad always said they were two of the most honest guys you could ever come across, and that they always paid their bills. Being in the motion picture processing business for as long as my family has, this comment carries a certain amount of distinction and weight. I met Jim Mitchell some years ago while attending a benefit with my girlfriend for paramedics who had rescued his brother’s son from a surfing accident off the Santa Cruz coast. It was at a post party at the O’Farrell Theatre, and he was obviously sedated and still standing trial for his brother’s death. He shook my hand and told me to “make sure” that I told my father hello and that he always liked him. Despite whatever assumptions anyone might make about a guy who made a living as he did, Jim knew a quality person when he met one. The older I get, the more I’ve come to appreciate such insight and grace. (7/21/07)

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