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K Witts

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Hi everyone. It's been a long time. Hope you are all doing well. Recently, a huge wildfire swept through an area of Northern California surrounding the town of Paradise (ironically). The town and surrounding community were completely wiped out, everything burned to the ground. Many of you remember Steve Eidem as one of the original "Blueboarders", posting as Irv Dog and other names. Unfortunately, Steve and his wife Cathy (and the dog) were forced to suddenly evacuate the swiftly approaching fire. They left with the clothes on their back in one of their vehicles, just barely escaping.

Steve's home and ALL of his possessions have been completely destroyed...gone...burnt to ashes. He is currently staying with a family member and is in incredibly good spirits, all things considered. But, EVERYTHING was lost.

Steve is one of the most passionate music fans I can think of. He loves the BBs, Stones, all classic rock and is also well versed in other genres and new artists as well. His passion for music is unrivaled. Unfortunately, he's also lost his entire extensive music collection, all his instruments, and even all of his clothing. It's just incredibly terrible and sad.

If you know Steve, he's active on Facebook and I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from you. There is a GoFundMe account set up to assist Steve and Cathy at this terrible time. If you'd like to help, leave a reply here and I will email you the link. (Not sure if it's appropriate to leave it here, so I won't).

I know this BW and BB community and all of the good people it attracts. If you are so moved, please reach out to Steve and offer support. If you want to contribute some funds, leave a reply here and I will get you the link

L&M,

Kevin 
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Hi everyone. It's been a long time. Hope you are all doing well. Recently, a huge wildfire swept through an area of Northern California surrounding the town of Paradise (ironically). The town and surrounding community were completely wiped out, everything burned to the ground. Many of you remember Steve Eidem as one of the original "Blueboarders", posting as Irv Dog and other names. Unfortunately, Steve and his wife Cathy (and the dog) were forced to suddenly evacuate the swiftly approaching fire. They left with the clothes on their back in one of their vehicles, just barely escaping.

Steve's home and ALL of his possessions have been completely destroyed...gone...burnt to ashes. He is currently staying with a family member and is in incredibly good spirits, all things considered. But, EVERYTHING was lost.

Steve is one of the most passionate music fans I can think of. He loves the BBs, Stones, all classic rock and is also well versed in other genres and new artists as well. His passion for music is unrivaled. Unfortunately, he's also lost his entire extensive music collection, all his instruments, and even all of his clothing. It's just incredibly terrible and sad.

If you know Steve, he's active on Facebook and I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from you. There is a GoFundMe account set up to assist Steve and Cathy at this terrible time. If you'd like to help, leave a reply here and I will email you the link. (Not sure if it's appropriate to leave it here, so I won't).

I know this BW and BB community and all of the good people it attracts. If you are so moved, please reach out to Steve and offer support. If you want to contribute some funds, leave a reply here and I will get you the link

L&M,

Kevin 


Thx so much, Kevin. I saw this first on FB and responded to him. The sad thing is, there is nothing you can say to a fine person and his wife who lost their well-cultivated treasures and their creative art form tools. But we know they will rebound because they're amazing people. I hope their wild kitties found a safe place.  

It made me think about when my cousin took my father's WWII Army-Air Force jacket he saved for all those years, and the flag presented to me upon his burial. She was having them appropriately framed/shadow boxed. Then a tornado blew through half her house (happily, she and her husband and the dogs were in the other half). Who knows what happened to his sacred treasures? We can just move on and do our best, I fear.

We know Steve will do well. I asked him on FB if there's anything we can do in support. If he agrees, maybe we can arrange something here?
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Lotta former, current blueboarders and more on the donations list.  Awesome to see that and still a horrible thing that has happened to people there. 
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Lotta former, current blueboarders and more on the donations list.  Awesome to see that and still a horrible thing that has happened to people there. 

It surely is Al.  I used to live there myself so understand why Steve did - it was VERY nice.  Not Malibu fancy nice, just a peaceful, friendly place.  pl4.jpg Though my years in Paradise/Magalia were long ago, I feel its loss deeply.  Mostly aching for the people who lost SO much in what was - in large part - a terrifying race for their lives in the darkness and fury (the videos we've seen are just a slice of their hell).  That THOUSANDS of them did so is a credit to all of them, and the planning efforts of many years (though THIS was not envisioned). 

There are thousands still in shock and terrified, staying wherever they could find shelter – mostly in a college town that nearly doubled its size overnight.  Too many are still in tents in parking lots.  It’s cold, smoky, dark, and depressing.  These are rural Northern California folks without the Malibu bank accounts - an entire community of them, completely displaced.    

There’s a (non-profit) community foundation in Chico that directs 99% of donated money to obtain what's needed most urgently for these Camp Fire victims - including the gaps left by insurance and FEMA.  If you’d like to help this community, contact me through my email.  I’m happy to send along the foundation's web address.

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Here's the GoFundMe for Steve, please, any donation will help:

https://www.gofundme.com/steve-eidem?fbclid=IwAR1J8rwdmX1FKlM05jtfaOsxmKPNSmbVq-tSW3EMTMC-DCITCvQH57YUbWU


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My heart aches for all the victims of this terrible, tragic fire. The devastation is shocking, every time I turn on the tv, the reports are worse and the death toll gets higher. I pray for everyone involved, and hope they can find a way to go on. I can't imagine what they're going through. My heart goes out to them.
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Here's the GoFundMe for Steve, please, any donation will help:

https://www.gofundme.com/steve-eidem?fbclid=IwAR1J8rwdmX1FKlM05jtfaOsxmKPNSmbVq-tSW3EMTMC-DCITCvQH57YUbWU



Thanks! Also, if you contact Bugs, you can find a funding site for others in the area who are suffering. We can do both.
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Thanks! Also, if you contact Bugs, you can find a funding site for others in the area who are suffering. We can do both.
Thanks again Debbie.  
I didn't want to post the link on Brian's website, but since this occurred in his home state - and knowing how much he cares - I'll post a picture of the full-page ad in this morning's newspaper (which also recommends the same charity).

As I  told Debbie when she wanted to donate, my brother has lived in Chico since 1971, and absolutely recommends this foundation for this tragedy - they cut through the red tape and deliver 99% of the donations directly where its needed most urgently.  You can research them at the website referenced below.  

Any amount will help ALL, including Steve
THANK YOU!

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Just saw this
Steve is an amazing guy, a huge fan, and generous to a fault. He has shared so much information, music
and knowledge on all things in The Beach Boys world.
It looks like the gofundme account for his family is closed. Anyone know if that’s final
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