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EVICA, George Michael After fighting with brave determination against lung and brain cancer, George Michael Evica has left this life to begin the journey into the next. He died Saturday (November 10, 2007) at 12:15 p.m., never losing his gentle wit and loving nature. George Michael devoted his professional life to maintaining a harmonious balance between learning and teaching. He earned his BA at Case Western Reserve and his MA at Columbia University. Before serving as an Associate Professor of English at the University of Hartford from 1964-1992, he taught at Brooklyn College, Wagner College, Columbia University and San Francisco State University. History will remember George Michael as one of the most honored and important of the so called second generation of scholars devoted to discovering the truth about the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and effecting justice in the wake of the president's passing. He authored two books: And We Are All Mortal (1975) stands as an invaluable reference for Kennedy researchers: A Certain Arrogance (2006) expands upon that groundbreaking work by exploring the manipulation by United States Intelligence agencies and other entities of religious groups for political ends. George Michael's voice-confident, eloquent, and resonant with warmth and humor-was familiar to thousands of devoted listeners, thanks to "Assassination Journal," the weekly program of political commentary which he wrote and edited for radio station WWUH. Broadcasting from 1975-midsummer of 2007, Evica excerpted news and information from varieties of media, emphasizing lesser known sources over mainstream news. George Michael Evica is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Alycia; his daughter, Mariana Evica; and his grandchildren, Lonny Evica and Emma Evica. The family wishes to express gratitude to the doctors, nurses and volunteers at St. Francis Hospital. Special thanks are extended to the staff, one and all, for the loving and very personal attention George Michael received at Hughes Convalescent Home. Heartfelt thanks are also extended to parishioners of St. John's Church and other dear friends who have given unstinting love and support during George Michael's illness. An active member of the Episcopal Church, George Michael was especially pleased to have been a member of the Global Missions Committee. Funeral services will be held at St. John's, 679 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 17. Donations in place of flowers, please can be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor; Brookline, MA 02445-7226.


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Published in Hartford Courant on Nov. 12, 2007.
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November 16, 2010
I was blessed to have been in a poetry class taught by George Michael Evica at UHa in the 70's. I will never forget it. It was positively educational,illuminating, inspiring and highly entertaining as well. Besides being brilliant, he had a delightful sense of humor.We learned a lot but laughed a lot too. I have never enjoyed a class more !
For our final exam we had a wine and cheese party (attendance mandatory!) where we all got up and read our poems...we all felt like real poets after that.
R.I.P. George Michael Evica
Marshall Stockwell
May 17, 2010
Never has a voice alone inspired and compelled a class in an auditorium ... to silence and reverence. Brilliant man, a mensch of a human being.
Marlene Rosenfield
February 7, 2010
I know that this is a very late condolence, but I recently reconnected with an old friend from Brooklyn college and of course the main topic of our ongoing correspondance has been George Evica and the enormous effect he had on our lives, so I just googled his name and found, sadly, this obit.
My friend just reminded me that early in my freshman year in 1958, I had a conference with Prof. Evica. He suggested that I teach English and this -- and his example -- changed my whole life. I have been a professor of English literature for almost 45 years and aspire to his example. My friend, also inspired, has become an artist and a writer. And a colleague of my husband, an English professor and published poet, was also in that Freshman English class in 1958.
Please know that his memory and legacy live on.
Dr. Ziva Piltch
November 13, 2009
He was just here.

He'll be right back.

Time is a charlatan.

Love,

Charles
Charles Drago
November 11, 2009
May his soul rest in peace.
Amer Raja
November 11, 2009
My condolences. His legacy lives on. Neal Robertson (Bessemer, AL)
November 10, 2009
May his memory be eternal!
David Singhiser
June 27, 2009
Alycia, you and George Michael were the first adults to treat me as an adult; always with respect and great kindness and loving. I was sorry to read about your loss of your beloved partner and friend, Alycia; and your loving father, Mariana. Thank you for keeping this tribute alive. It is beautiful. With blessings to you all. Kathleen Rink (aka, McAdams and Miller), June 27, 2009
Kathleen Rink
November 10, 2008
Now is the time to keep our promises.

To Alycia, Mariana, Lonnie, and Emma: Thank you for your love and hospitality over the weekend.

The dream endures.

Love,

Charles
Charles Drago
September 30, 2008
George Michael was a remarkable and thoughtful man. He was fiercely intelligent, warm, humble, gracious and nice to be around.

He was an inspiration to many. He was so full of interesting facts and so willing to share them with others.

It was an honor to have known him and to have had him in our family. He is greatly missed by all.
Jo Anne Koenigs
September 30, 2008
The autumn light brings me back to the rainy Saturday afternoon when I last spoke with George Michael in this life.

We have visited often since, and I know that he continues his work in the company of giants.

As we continue ours in his memory.

Love,
Charles Drago
April 10, 2008
Alycia and Mariana,
I was saddened to hear of George Michael's passing. I remember seeing all of you on Barker Street in Hartford so many years ago. George Michael was a dynamic professor and a wonderful man. He will be missed.
Patricia Reynolds (D'Angelo)
Patricia Reynolds
April 2, 2008
as a good friend of Lonny George Michael grand son it would have been imposable for me to avoid the many stories that Lonny had to tell about George Michael i remember the first time i met George Michael i was walking down the hall to his apartment and i looked at Lonny and said this is the grandpa that thinks that jfk was killed by the government Lonny just shook his head and said something like that little did i know that because of George Michaels influence on Lonny and and after that moment myself he would help to open my eyes through Lonny to the many scary and beautiful things of the world George Michael was an outstanding individual and if i was to grow up to hope accomplish half the things he did i would consider myself lucky
Ben Bucchioni
February 8, 2008
I only recently learned of Professor Evica's death with the arrival of the University of Hartford alumnae magazine in my mail. Seeing his face brought back so many memories.
I was an English major at the University of Hartford from 1979 to 1983. From the first course I took with Professor Evica during my sophomore year, I was hooked. I took at least one course with him every semester after that. Although I only knew him through his classes, I could tell that he was not only a wonderful teacher, but also an extraordinary human being. I absolutely loved his dry wit, his passion for truth and understanding, and even more his compassion for the world and its inhabitants. Twenty-five years after my graduation, his memory is fresh with me.
Condolences to Professor Evica's family from yet another life touched.
Teri Fuller
February 3, 2008
I recently befriended George Michael Evica's daughter, Mariana. Through Mariana I am learning about George Michael's fascinating life and compelling ideas. He made a positive and substantial intellectual contribution to this world. He also touched the lives of those around him and profoundly inspired Mariana.
Steve Eaton
January 14, 2008
After discharge from the military, I enrolled in George Michael Evica's course. I don't recall the title but it was all about myth and ritual and it changed my life. He understood the ethos of humankind and forever opened my eyes to the heart and soul of all people.
Rik Abani
January 2, 2008
We all knew, the moment we even so much as ran into him, that George Michael Evica had been a freakily precocious child. It seems he stayed precocious all his life. He knew all about the sufferings of the young Werther and did not place his feelings below those of heroically-misguided Achilles or joy-ripened Odysseus who loved getting distracted, for all that.

For the world's sake, there had better be an afterlife, otherwise his not being eternal is unforgiveable. And yet where has all that light gone, what space outside his being, outside his body, can contain it now? Where does endless energy like his end? I ask these questions not hypothetically, nor pathetically, but metaphysically. And George Michael Evica is probably the only person who could answer them.

Like many on here, I took EVERY COURSE he offered at the University of Hartford, though my major was Medieval literature. I'm pretty sure he's the reason I so love CALVIN AND HOBBES. I was with Michael Joseph on that gorgeously funny occasion when we glimpsed him in that university admin meeting and he rebelliously balanced a piece of paper on his head, smiling at us 'conspiratorially' (as Michael so eloquently put it).

And he was so patient when frankly and often arrogantly stupid questions were asked. He'd inhale the whole question and exhale the whole phenomena all over again, with such speed and diversity that the relevant party, deflated now, sank involuntarily and more deeply back into his seat.

And I remember his courageous, powerfully-voiced, rapid-fire inseminating of information on the air. Another course on everything! And he had it all assimilated, synthesized and harmonized within himself. You wanted to emulate him, but God spared you that vain endeavor.

His biggest influence on me, was, however--despite his colossal knowledge, instantaneity of thought and its expression--his tenderness. This and his capacity for passion, creativity, inclusion and love were the hallmarks for which I shall most remember him and which have most marked my writing and my life.

Back then, I was awkward and dreaded ill-expressing what and how I felt--he knew that, of course, and once, when i was in a dither, he took my small cold young hand in his own large warm grit-silkened one, and nodded at me in sympathy and smiled at me seriously and then shook his head no and then smiled very seriously and then nodded his head again. That sums up a bit of who George Michael Evica was and what he meant to me.
Marya Berry
December 29, 2007
We met George Michael for the first time last year, in 2006, while he stayed on the west coast to visit Alycia's cousin, JoAnne. As a family, we got to see him a couple of times during the week and truthfully, couldn't get enough of his amazing stories, intellect or dry wit. George Michael was so fascinating to listen to that we repeatedly asked to hear more about his knowledge on history, his stint on radio and of course, President Kennedy. His memory for fact was absolutely amazing and made quite an impression on us.

George Michael will be sorely missed by our family for his west coast visits, but remembered ever so warmly as our "scholarly professor" who never missed a beat...
Joe Koenigs
December 28, 2007
George Michael was a strong, quiet presence throughout my life even though our families were located on opposite coasts. He was to me a gentle, knowing man whose sense of humor was fabulous and devotion to his family endless. I am thankful to have been a part of his life.

My love to you both, Alycia and Marianna.
Kim Koenigs
December 10, 2007
I was also a student of George Michael Evica's at the University of Hartford where I was majoring in English.

After reading Thoreau's Walden in my sophomore year, I realized I had a spotty knowledge of the many Greek and Roman mythic references Thoreau used and then, voila! There was a class that Fall Semester of 1972 called, "Greek and Roman Classics." Taught by some guy called George Michael Evica (or GME as we referred to him).

I walked into the class expecting to read Bullfinch's Mythology and learn what the REAL meaning of Greek Myth was. Read the Iliad, the Odyssey. But what was this on the reading list? Homeric Hymns? Hmmm.

Expecting some kind of grand overview in the opening lecture about Greek and Roman classics, I will never forget the first things I heard GME tell us: "Open your notebooks and write this all down and don't worry - it will all make sense later. So, as early as 50,000 B.C., female-centered, hearth based mystery worshipping matriarchal societies were already firmly established all along the Fertile Crescent...." Wasn't that in the Middle East, kinda far from ancient Greece? And what was he talking about - matriarchal societies? And why was the first book on the reading list "The Epic of Gilgamesh?" And why were we supposed to read these other books - "The First Sex" and "Mythology" by Jane Ellen Harrison? Hey! I signed up for Greek and Roman Classics. Just be patient he said, just keep writing everything down.

So I did, not having a clue about where all this was leading: a Sacred Queen? Eleusinian Mysteries? The sacrificial victim as hero? I read on, puzzled, puzzled, puzzled.

Then one day, in the midst of reading "The Iliad" - what a horrific war story, kinda like the daily news from Vietnam in 1972 - in the middle of reading Homer's book, I sat down to review the huge volume of notes I had been taking for about two months in GME's class...connecting the dots...was this really the story of the fall of the last great matriarchal civilization along the Greco-Turkish shores? That the Greeks were already a heavily militarized male-dominated society who were using the "kidnapping" of Helen as an excuse to pillage the matriarchal, goddess-worshipping city of Troy? Suddenly things lit up: history as I had been taught was wrong, backwards. A lot had been suppressed! Without having been assigned, I wrote a paper to put all my thoughts together, about my new understanding of ancient civilizations, matriarchies, Greek literature as being a late accounting of the destruction of those societies, the war in Vietnam, etc. etc.

I gave it to GME, and it came back with GME's large, flair-tipped pen comments (in purple ink): "You have made a great and sacred journey. I would really like to see you get this published."

It was one of the best comments ever on a school essay - and one I wrote to make sense of all he had been teaching me that semester. I realize now, some 35 years later, how rare it is to have a teacher who really opens our eyes and turns our understanding of the world and its history on its head.

I dropped out of college right after that class, for a year and a half, but during that time, I sat in on GME’s “Bible As Literature” class. When I decided to return to study at the University of Hartford in 1974, my main reason was to study with GME. In 1975 I took his creative writing class and began writing poetry for the first time, and as rudimentary as those early efforts are, GME was all encouragement and support, long before the word “support” became so widely overused. He ignited a spark in me that burns still - I recently published my first book of poems, “Buttoned Up” - prose poems loosely modeled after Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons” and portraying the experience of working in a law office as a legal secretary which I still do.

The arc leading to that book of poems goes back many years to a man named George Michael Evica Bless his memory, with infinite gratitude. As we say in Hebrew, “Baruch Ha’Shem” - Blessed is the name.
David Steinberg
December 10, 2007
I was one of George Michael's English literature students in the late 1970s, and he changed my life as he did so many others'.

I eventually joined the computer community as a technical writer and software designer, and something he said about technology has been my touchstone ever since. A student in one of the Greek mythology classes questioned his idea that the magic described in myth and fairy tales was real. "If that's true, how would you turn it on?" the student asked. George Michael paused for a second, then said, "By dancing!"

We'll miss you, George Michael, but at least we have some bits of you to share, heart to heart....
Susan Fowler
December 4, 2007
I was a student of GME's before his daughter was born. At that time, Faisal Al-Marzook (Al-Marzook Athletic Field) was also his student. That semester we read the Alexander Quartet. GM made the books, and the city of Alexandria, come alive.

As a direct result of his class, I eventually became a teacher myself and finally got to Alexandria to see if it was as magical as it seemed in GM's class. Because he taught me how to look and SEE, the city was more than I could have imagined. I then spent 12 years living and teaching in the Middle East, taking my own notes.

Now in my 60's, I wonder what part of my life was NOT influenced by GME and his teaching.
Betty Vania (Butryman)
December 3, 2007
Mr. Evica was a true pioneer in the case of JFK and devoted so much time to help at the conferences and always made us proud to keep searching for the truth-His book was one of my 1st & he will be missed---God Bless--
Mark Oakes
November 29, 2007
I was fortunate in knowing George Michael both as a student and a friend when he taught at San Francisco State during the early 60's. He was a great teacher and I am sorry to read of his passing.
Bob Robesky
November 24, 2007
Dallas, 2006; teaching, sharing, at peace.
November 23, 2007
Those of us in Dallas will not forget Professor George Michael Evica, his research and his presentations at our events.
Tom Blackwell
November 22, 2007
Fondest memories of the Fredonia Conference in Upstate N.Y. where he and Professor Jerry Rose spoke eloquently about serious issues in the JFK case. Peace for JFK and George Michael Evica on this day in 2007, 44 years later.
Ed Sherry
November 22, 2007
George Michael

And wylt thow leve me thus?
Say nay, Say nay!

Your lovinge frend and gentill tudor,
Sir Thomas Wyatt
November 21, 2007
George Michael Evica at JFK Lancer 2000
November 21, 2007
George Michael Evica at Dealey Plaza 2006
None in the JFK assassination community could have been more fortunate than I have been, that I became George Michael's friend and student, having had the privilege of learning so much from him during his tenure at JFK Lancer. It is hard to even convey the loss of someone of his stature from within our ranks. I send my heartfelt condolences to his sweet family. He is missed.
Debra Conway
November 21, 2007
George Michael Evica touched me deeply when I was an English major at UHa. I had never met anyone remotely like him. He was the smartest guy I'd ever known, the most creative, the most discerning, the most charismatic, the most empathetic, the funniest and the nicest. I took every class he gave and came back to UHa for a masters degree because he "strongly suggested" it, and I kept many of the papers I wrote for him because of the large bold flair-tip notes of encouragement he penned in the margins. I can still remember some of his comments, too, although the most remarkable utterance that I can recall, which is right at the top of the most remarkable utterances I have ever heard, was his response to a question from one of his senior colleagues after GM read aloud some of his astonishing poems. I don't remember the exact terms of the question, but it had to do with what George Michael wanted to do with his life (I assumed, like most of us, students, his colleague realized that George Michael was capable of doing anything he wanted to, whether it was actually physically possible or not).

George Michael instantly replied, with no false modesty, that he wanted to "Create and maintain a dynamic reciprocity with the bio-cosmic rhythms of the universe."

It's easy to focus now on my naivete and not on George Michael, but that principle of dynamic reciprocity, expressed with such incandescence, has been a touchstone for me in my writing and in my life, and I have always understood that it articulates an idea of immense truth, that it is a poem of two words from a poet who saw into the heart of things.

A couple of more things. I remember walking by a faculty meeting one afternoon, and catching sight of George Michael sitting by the door. He was wearing his amazing electric blue suit, and, quite bizarrely, I suddenly couldn't grasp that he would attend anything as mundane as a faculty meeting. Why wouldn't he? He was on the faculty, and there would be faculty matters that needed his attention, and yet, it seemed unfathomable: like running into Aristotle at a coop meeting. He saw me staring at him through the window on the door, and smiled in this large, conspiratorial, way and placed a sheet of paper (the agenda?) on top of his head. I couldn't tell whether he was implying that I, with my mouth open, looked like a baboon, or if he felt the faculty meeting was reducing him and everyone else in the room to baboons. I just felt so immensely honored by the attention.

A couple of years ago when I published a book about teaching, I acknowledged GME, even though we hadn't exchanged a word in over thirty years, and while I teach, I am always careful not to emulate him. (It would be disastrous: like attempting to swim across the ocean in imitation of a whale, or jumping out of a window in imitation of a rocket.) But even after thirty years of distance, I couldn't pass up the chance to acknowledge that he was the exemplary model, the poet/teacher par excellence, and how sincerely I appreciated and loved him.
Michael Joseph
November 21, 2007
I only met George Michael Evica a few times, but he impressed me with his knowledge and unassuming manner. I was fortunate enough to participate in the conference he helped organize in Hartford, Conn., and it was really one of the more memorable ones. He will be missed.
Jerry Policoff
November 21, 2007
Before the gray dye-job.
November 21, 2007
Out of dissonance, harmony.
November 20, 2007
George Michael Evica: Tenacious researcher, truth seeker, teacher, and good man. We will miss you, sir.

Please accept my sincerest sympathy.
Robert Daniello
November 20, 2007
Good work, and stay online!
Joseph C. Keller
November 19, 2007
During the few times I was privledged to talk with him and hear him speak, I was thrilled and inspired by the depth of his knowledge and passion; whatever the topic he addressed!

He was everything that his friends who write here said he was. He seemed to me to be just about exactly what we all aspire to be.

Now you know, don't you, George Michael!
Alan Kent
November 19, 2007
Rarely have we been so fortunate to have in our midst one with the dedication of George Michael Evica. He will be missed--
Gregory Burnham
November 19, 2007
George Michael was a truly great man, and I consider myself lucky to have known him.
Lamar Waldron
November 19, 2007
Brilliant analyst on the Kennedy Assassination. I didn't know Mr. Evica personally, but I read his books and studied his presentations. A probing mind with healthy skepticism. He will be missed.

Jim Page
Jim Page
November 19, 2007
George Michael at the piano, probing the American popular song
November 19, 2007
I met George Michael at JFK Lancer conferences in Dallas, and found him to be a wonderful generous spirit, as well as having a keen mind. He was kind enough to sit for some short video interviews on aspects of the Kennedy assassination of particular interest to him (and discussed in great depth in his last book "A Certain Arrogance"). If you would like to see the video interviews, to go http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/Video_Clips_-_George_Michael_Evica
Rex Bradford
November 19, 2007
November in Dallas 2006
November 19, 2007
Rememberance Ceremony in Dealey Plaza 2006
November 19, 2007
Speaking at Dealey Plaza
November 19, 2007
No words can convey the magnitude of loss we feel at the passing of George Michael. He was a beloved friend, and we shall forever miss his gentle spirit. Our hearts and prayers are extended to his friends and family, with hopes their grieving will be softened knowing the profound impact this man had upon our world.
Sherry Gutierrez Fiester
November 19, 2007
George Michael Evica was a very gracious gentelman & an avid warrior & seeker of the truth behind many infamous acts & most notably that of the assassination of President Kennedy. I first met George Michael at an ASK conference in Dallas in October 1992 when I was introduced to him by Mary Ferrell. From that day onward, he never failed to be kind & supportive in his approach with me, sharing infoirmation & even sitting through some of my presentations.
My last memory of George will be of standing with him last November 2006 in Dealey Plaza when he did the verbal count-down of the final minutes of the motorcade in remembrance of it's brief, tragic journey through Dealey Plaza.
George Michael did it with clear voice, held held high & with a tear in his eye.
Thank you George for your example, for what you brought to the research community & for the experience of having known you.
Thank you too Mrs. Michael-Evica for sharing your husband with us.
Colin McSween
November 19, 2007
I will always remember George M. Evica for his encouraging words to me on the occasion of remembering the life and death of John F. Kennedy. Thank you, George.
Adele E.U. Edisen, Ph.D.
Adele Edisen
November 18, 2007
Howard Davis
November 18, 2007
George Michael Evica will be missed by all who seek the truth, be it in the classroom or the global search for the truth in the murder of John F. Kennedy.
It is difficult at this recent juncture to measure whether the loss of a friend or of a colleague is greater--but the loss is in no way lessened by the divide.
Walt Brown
November 18, 2007
His first book was my inspiration for my research into the photograph evidence. In fact, he is mention in my acknowledgements in my first book.

George, thank you for all your great work!

My thoughts and pray's for your family and friends.

You will be missed.


John Woods
John Woods
November 18, 2007
George Michael was a valued research associate and also a sane voice for discussions of political activities in our society. I enjoyed our 1:1 talks about areas of common interest, especially his insights into connective links.
Nancy Weiford
November 18, 2007
George Michael Evica is surely missed by the JFK Research Community. I had the pleasure not only to read his writings on the JFK assassination, but also seeing him present his research at conferences.
John Delane Williams
November 18, 2007
George Michael Evica was an inspiration for truth. He will be missed.
Doug Weldon
November 18, 2007
A day I will never forget. George Michael and his wife Alycia and a camera crew spent a day at my country place in east Texas in November 2006. George and I never stopped talking about JFk, even through dinner. The camera was always running. I am so lucky to have met such a kind and brilliant man. James Tague
James Tague
November 18, 2007
Always a pleasure to listen to. RIP

Dallas 63. Scotland
Tony Saunders
November 18, 2007
I did not know Professor Evica, but I appreciated his deep and abiding interest in the Kennedy assassination. His interest in Thomas Dodd spurred me to look deeper into that part of the story. My condolences to family and friends on his passing.
Lisa Pease
November 18, 2007
George has always been an inspiration to me and many others. We well all miss him.

Russ Shearer
Russ Shearer
November 18, 2007
From South Florida, as a person who talked to George Michael over the phone as a student of the Kennedy assassination and administration, I would like to express my condolences to him and his family. I talked to George Michael over the phone several times, and watched him speak in an ASK conference in Dallas.
George Michael exhibited a passion for both understanding the Kennedy asassination as well as a passion for man who was killed.
Frank DeBenedictis
November 17, 2007
George Michael was a brilliant, dynamic professor. The classes I took with him shaped my heart and mind and inspired me to pursure graduate studies in comparative literature, to the nth degree. Many thanks, George Michael. You were truly unique, and much loved.
Marc Kipniss
November 15, 2007
George Michael Evica was a great scholar, teacher and researcher who dedicated his life to the quest for Truth in government and "Justice for JFK."

He was a dear and cherished friend and I shall miss his wisdom, his friendship and his kindness greatly.
Robert Morningstar
November 15, 2007
Mariana,
I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Carol Bogdan
November 14, 2007
May you have a safe journey, George Michael Evica. You will be missed.
Tara Chen
November 13, 2007
George Michael Evica's classroom was electric, dangerous, mystical and loving. He awakened me to things unseen, dark luminous rivers that continue to run through me and all of us. He woke me up. Rest In Peace, dear man, although i know you're not resting but singing, dancing, preaching and wailing in some other place.
love, John.
john jiler
November 13, 2007
I sat in the back of all my classes during my years at U of H (1966-1970). I pretty much showed up just in time to have my attendance taken, and then sneak out. However, when I attended Professor Evica’s Advanced Composition class in the spring of 1968, I was immediately inspired by his passion and knowledge, so much so, that I showed up for every class and stayed! Professor Evica wouldn’t have remembered me (I always flew below the radar) but I certainly remember him! He had us keep a “Response Log”, where we jotted down our daily experiences and how we felt about them. I still have that log and on occasion reference it. A couple of years ago, I was working on a play and Professor Evica crossed my mind, so I googled him and discovered his radio program. I became a faithful listener.
Ed Manning
November 13, 2007
Alycia,
I am so sorry to hear about George Michael's death. He was a local treasure and a personal inspiration. I rememember around the time that I was your student, I took part in planning my first demonstration. It was against the first Iraq war. Students from Hall walked out and met students from Conard in West Hartford Center. George Michael was our key speaker and we were so proud that he took our action seriously and lent his wealth of knowledge to the cause.
Hartford is experiencing a great loss.

Love,
Julia Rosenblatt and the rest of HartBeat Ensemble
Julia Rosenblatt
November 13, 2007
George Michael Evica was far and away my favorite and most memorable professor at U of H. I never worked so hard or learned so much as I did in his investigative reporting class which, of course, focused soley on the JFK assasination. I loved to listen to his voice in class, so full of passion, and I enjoyed listening to Assasination Journal for many years after. A few years ago, to my surprise, I found myself sitting next to him at a Theatre Works performance in Hartford, and had a chance to tell him how much I appreciated being one of his students.
George Michael Evica was a great man and will not be forgotten.

Ellen Knowlton
Class of 1983
Ellen Knowlton
November 13, 2007
I am deeply saddened to hear about Professer Evica's passing. My heart goes out to his family. I never got the chance to tell him that he was my favorite and most influential teacher. Everything he taught me about film inspired and excited me, and changed the way I look at things for life. He really was a great man who cared about the people he came in contact with. I look forward to the documentary of his life.
Stephanie Bodge Barbagallo
November 13, 2007
Mariana, Alycia,
My heart goes out to the both of you at this time. My fondest memeries are of Mariana and I going out for the evening and your father saying somthing funny to us, and we are looking at each other, "What is he saying?" It was just his way of saying have fun and be safe. I can't be with you Saturday, but you will be in my thoughts. Did you ever get the door knocker fixed?
Cathy
Catherine Washburn
November 12, 2007
George Michael resonates in our collective memory as a font of knowledge, wisdom, humor and passion. Deepest sympathies to Alycia and Mariana from Julie, Caroline and myself.
Annette Cremisi
November 12, 2007
I am deeply sorry to hear of George Michael's passing.He was a kind, gentle man whose wit and charm never faltered. He was a friend and supporter when I needed it several years ago and he will remain alive in my memory forever. My sincere condolences to Alycia and Mariana.
Muriel Quintin
November 12, 2007
I started dating his daughter in June 2007 and I feel lucky to have at least had the chance to meet him a couple times before his health slipped to the point where that was not possible. I am certain that we would have shared our views on JFK and other theories in very short order. I feel almost cheated that I did not get to know this man as I should have. George Michael and I have moved in the same circles and have many of the same professional friends and peers and I am amazed that we did not meet sooner.
Ronald Barnes
November 12, 2007
George Michael Evica was an amazing man with an amazing mind, and his legacy will never be able to be defined by mere words alone as he touched the spirit and essence of everyone he came in contact with. It was an honor and a privilege to have him as a professor at U of H, and to know him as a fellow WWUH-er.
Terry S Johnson
November 12, 2007
Our deepest condolences to you Alycia and your family. He was a wonderful writer but more important a great man and a lot can be attributed to you. My thoughts are with you in your loss. The laughs we shared will always be remembered. Besito mi amor.
Gordon Winslow
November 12, 2007
I had the pleasure of knowing George Michael through his involvement with WWUH. Always in good cheer, always ready with a funny (or serious) "sidebar" comment whenever I ran into him, I will remember George Michael as one of the most warm, caring and compassionate person I have ever met and as a dedicated and inspirational volunteer at the radio station.
I miss you George Michael.
John Ramsey
November 12, 2007
I am so sorry to learn of George Michael's passing. We were friends of A Quiet Collage of an Image, a theater and coffeehouse in the 60s where George Michael would read his wonderful poetry and where he produced and directed many plays. I am sure he and Robert Matthew Lewis have a lot to tell one another now. My deepest sympathy to Alycia and Mariana for their loss.
Bonnie Russell
November 12, 2007
Professor Evica was my favorite teacher at the University of Hartford (1975-79). He taught me how to write, and I always looked forward to seeing him and hearing him speak, not only in class, but also with regard to JFK. God bless him, his family and friends. I know that he touched so many lives.
With sympathy, Jane Dowling
Jane Dowling
November 12, 2007
Maryanna, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Hope you are well.
Steve Banasiewicz
November 12, 2007
George Michael taught me that good journalism requires courage, open-mindedness, and -- above all -- tenacity. I trust that he's now resting in peace, having gotten all the answers he worked so hard to get in this life.
Kevin Flood
November 12, 2007
So sorry for your loss. I always looked forward to his radio program.
Colin Burke
November 12, 2007
I had the wonderful opportunity, and unique experience of studying under Professor Evica at the University of Hartford during the 1960s. He truly was an inspiration in that I went on to become an English teacher myself. I have thought of him often during my career and often mention my classroom experiences with him to my students today. I can still hear his eloquent and resounding voice. He loved literature; he lived it! I can still see him in the halls carrying his baby daughter in a basket, and telling us in class about his wife appearing in Playhouse 90. My deepest condolences to the family. Janice Tisdale Linder
Janice Linder
November 12, 2007
George Michael began his broadcasting 'career' at WWUH about the same time I did. He was a dedicated, interesting, friendly, prolific, and colorful man who packed as much research and information into his weekly radio broadcast as anyone could. GM's achievements were a huge contribution to listners, and he was genuinely liked by fellow staff members. Alycia and Mariana, please accept my condolences. He was one of a kind.
Dave DeMaw
November 12, 2007
To all who have *already* expressed their condolences, thank you all so much. George Michael's legacy is not just the amazing body of work he left behind, but all the people whose lives he touched.

That number is nearly impossible to calculate. It is in the hearts and minds of those people that George Michael lives on and will never be gone.

Here is a poem that so well expresses the immanence of my father's presence, by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.

I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush

Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.

I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.

I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.
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I would add that wherever there is an intelligent inquiry, a self-less act, an absurd bit of humor or a glass raised at a family celebration, there my father is.

I hope you'll join me in celebrating his life at St. John's, 679 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 17.

We love you G.M. - thank you so much for the gift of your life.
mariana evica
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