Posted by: distributorcap | March 4, 2010

Sadness in the Tubes

from Mock Paper Scissors

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)

Jon’s (Al’s) writing was a pleasure to read – he was witty, funny and very knowledgeable. While I did not know him personally – you sure can learn a lot about someone quickly in this small world of tubes. He was the founder of Blogroll Amnesty Day – where small bloggers could reach out and link to other small bloggers. He will be much missed. May Al RIP.



  1. I got that today too… so sad, so sad.

  2. I'm just shattered, and have been all day.Rgds,TG

  3. Really really gonna miss him, Dcap! Still kind of in shock. I had thought he was just taking an extended break, etc, but now we all know…

  4. Damn. That means there are no more "reasonable conservatives".He was really a great one.

  5. I cried unashamedly…he was a wonderful friend to us 'little blogs'…not only did he invent the Blog Amnesty Day..he would link to a lot of us in his posts and pass on a good post or breaking news posts to the bigger blogs. He always answered my emails and like so many folks..I felt he was an online 'friend'.

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