A Moment of Silence for Jon Swift

Scissorheads –

The blogger known as Jon Swift has left the building.

Here’s a note from his family (via Blue Gal):

I don’t know how else to tell you all who love this blog. I am Jon Swift’s Mom and I guess I’m going to OUT him. He was Al Weisel, my beloved son. Al was on his way to his father’s funeral in VA when he suffered 2 aortic aneurysms, a leaky aortic valve and an aortic artery dissection from his heart to his pelvis. He had 3 major surgeries within 24 hours and sometime during those surgeries also suffered a severe stroke. We, his 2 sisters, his brother, his partner and his best friend since he was 9 years old were with him as he took his last breath. We have all lost a shining start who warmed our hearts, tormented us and made us laugh as he giggled at our pulling something over on us. He passed away on February 27, 2010. My beloved child will live on in so many hearts. I miss him more than I can say. If you are on Facebook, go to organizations and join “Friends of Al Weisel, Unite!” It will give you just a taste of how special he was. Farewell, Jon (Al)

I think it is safe to say that he touched this blog (and this blogger) in ways big and small. From My Liberal Blogroll Policy (that I stole verbatim from him), to Blogroll Amnesty Day Jon Swift had a huge impact on MPS. The first year MPS was live, we had more hits from Jon Swift than any other blog. in 2008, Jon nominated MPS for a 2008 WebBlog Award, and that it came from him means more to me than if we had actually won the award. He was very kind to the small fish in the pond; I suspect he was very kind to everyone in his real life.

I kept hoping he would return to the blog-o-sphere someday. I tease people about how they quit and come back, but not this time. We’ve lost a good’un, but I think we are all better for having had Jon, er, Al in our lives.



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0 Responses to A Moment of Silence for Jon Swift

  1. One of my friends tweeted it and I was just deflated. 😦 I considered him a friend even if our only contact was through comments, posts and occasional emails. RIP Al…


  2. distributorcap says:

    a huge loss – he was such a terrific writer
    i wish i had known him better……



  3. Morse says:

    One of the great ones to be sure. He will be missed.


  4. moeman says:

    Rest in Peace Al.


  5. pygalgia says:

    Sad. He will be missed.


  6. Fran says:

    I was saddened to read of this earlier – so tragic.


  7. Rest in Peace, Al Weisel.


  8. cheyanne says:

    Boy O Boy I do not want to be longwinded here, but this is sad news indeed. It’s as if a tribal leader died.
    Seriously, and now that we have a face put to our “unofficial tribal leader” I just stare at his photo and think “WOW” you did that! You co-invented Blogroll Amnesty Day. WOW !!! He, Al Weisel/Jon Swift as we all now know, did more for us little bloggers out here in the blogging wilderness than anybody…(maybe skippy)

    We shall blog on and keep on keeping on. But much thanks to Jon Swift/Al Weisel for what he did.
    This is a first for me in blogland. Writing about a departed member of our bgging community. It’s kinda weird. I know that 20 years, I never thought in a million light years I’d be doing THIS that’s for sure.

    That’s my 2 cents. And thanks MPS for looking up and linking down to me throughout the blogging years on Blogroll Amnesty Day.


  9. okjimm says:

    I picked up on Jon Swift’s blog just as he was ending it. Sad, all so sad. Tengrain, the point I think you, and others,are making, much to Al’s credit, is that WE must unite and stay united. “We shall blog on and keep on keeping on.”—- ya, what Cheyanne said. The media has worked so hard to disconnect US(A) and we must stay together, all who feel&think&care&share&breathe…. we just gotza nobody else but us.


    • Tengrain says:

      OKJimm –

      Yup – I’ve been saying that for years, even before blogging. It’s one of the reasons I don’t give a dang about who is in the White House, I care about what they are doing (or in The Carebear’s case, not doing), and I get a load of crap from activists (and well-meaning friends) for it.

      I think it is important to stand up for positions, not Party. When the Dims are wrong (what’s off the table today?) we need to call them on it just as much as we do when the GOP is trying to destroy the Constitution. So Al used humor to make his point, and maybe Scissorheads do too.

      The Blog-o-Sphere is terrific for giving us all a voice, and allowing us to find other similar thinkers. We can make change, but we have to be willing to go on the record.

      Al will be terribly missed.