A Celebration of Gary K. Hart

May 7, 2022 Remarks of Michael DeLapa Good afternoon. My name is Michael DeLapa and I’m a friend of Gary Hart and the Hart family. I want to make sure that’s on the record because it may not be entirely clear as I reflect on my relationship with Gary. On behalf of Gary and Cary, their daughters Elissa, Katherine, and Laura, their families, and the extended Hart family, I would like to welcome you today … more

A Sea of Little Fires

In the Steve Goodman documentary, included in the DVD “Steve Goodman Live From Austin City Limits… And More,” Kris Kristofferson refers to a poem by a South American poet to explain what Steve was like [see 29:40 on YouTube]. The poem talks about a man who scales a high mountain and looks down upon all the people on earth and sees them each like a spark of flame. “Some of the flames simply burn, others … more

On Death

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep By Mary Elizabeth Frye Do not stand at my grave and weepI am not there; I do not sleep.I am a thousand winds that blow,I am the diamond glints on snow,I am the sun on ripened grain,I am the gentle autumn rain.When you awaken in the morning’s hushI am the swift uplifting rushOf quiet birds in circled flight.I am the soft stars that shine at night.Do not … more

Recollections of Gary Hart

Recollections of Gary Hart (Santa Barbara Independent) 34 Years of Mostly Good Decisions, but One Really Bad One By Michael DeLapaFri Jan 28, 2022 | 1:21pm Former state senator Gary Hart died on January 27, 2022, but several weeks before, his onetime Santa Barbara field representative Michael DeLapa wrote a remembrance of their friendship. I met Gary in 1987 on Rich Leib’s couch. Nothing funny, I assure you. I drove from Santa Barbara to Santa … more