In the P.I. and KOMO 1000 today, Ed the Tuba guy died after he was assaulted near the Seattle Center waiting for the bus. Thousands in Seattle knew the guy from playing outside of stadiums and arts events, but my family knew him from the Seattle Youth Symphony and Marrowstone Music Festival music camp in the mid 1970s, and I introduced my kids to him when we walked by outside the coliseum, though they say they don't remember him. With so many in the seattle arts community from the SYSO that knew him, they should have no problem putting together an orchestra or a tuba group for his funeral, sorry to see him go this way.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008Last updated 2:17 p.m. PT
Violence takes iconic Tuba Man
By ROBERT L. JAMIESON JR.P-I COLUMNIST
OLD-TIMERS who have seen it all say this is the worst year for Seattle sports.
To this list I pass along another loss, perhaps the saddest: Seattle's most visible, beloved and melodic sports fan -- Tuba Man -- is dead.
Seattle knew Edward McMichael by sight or sound, the bespectacled guy with the wispy beard and floppy Uncle Sam and Dr. Seuss hats. For decades he breathed life into his shiny brass instrument, outside city sports venues.