The top image is Michael's obituary from the obituary page of the B.A.R., a local, weekly, San Francisco gay newspaper. For those who didn't live through this, simple multiplication of even this one page times week after week after week will give you some indication of the epidemic. (And of course not everybody had an obituary in the B.A.R.!) The letter from Open Hand was created word-for-word from an original, which was not clearly scanned.
Michael passed away at home in the company of his friends and lover in the early morning of July 20. For 16 months he had fought the effects of Pneumocystis carnirii pneumonia and Kaposi's sarcoma.
Born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he graduated from Iowa State University in 1975. After living in Chicago for several years, he moved to San Francisco in 1983. Mike worked as a buyer for UCSF's Material Management Department. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and a sister, who all live in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area.
Michael is missed by those who knew and loved him. He was caring, liked people, and had a special humor which made him a joy to be around. His remains were cremated and the ashes scattered beyond the Golden Gate Bridge by the City he dearly loved.