|Tiffany with her adored pup Murray.|
Editor's Note: Please pardon the long sabbatical and apologies for leaving a multi-part series dangling for so long. Also, narrator shall henceforth be known again as 'GSL' with The Confessions of Mossy Kade resuming soon. Sinatra Doctrine has been imposed...and yes we will toast his 100th tonight.
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Tiffany Ann Makaus died this past August 6th at age 46. The day she died, her close friend, and my once semi-betrothed called to break the news. I was driving through heavy traffic and just let the call go to voicemail assuming she was calling after hearing the news about my book series at very long last finally getting completed and didn't even listen to the message thinking she was only reaching out to rekindle something I had long since moved on from. I heard about it from 'Terry Drama' at a party he was hosting at his local on August 8th. He assumed I already knew and it felt like some vital organs had been ripped out..
Tiffany (on left) entertaining in her Gold Coast High Rise. She always had a party from her balcony during the Air & Water Show with The Blue Angels waving at guests during one of their flybys.
|Tiffany was a Star at the 12th Night Masque a Chicago institution since 1905 founded by Billy Gamble of the Proctor & Gambles with our mutual friend Dante serving as Grand Vizier for several years.|
I had been thinking about meeting Tiffany again all summer as illustrations were being finalized. I wasn't really concerned about the romantic possibilities only finally starting to deliver on what I had previewed five long years ago. I also couldn't wait to tell her I was going to do a story featuring her and her adored pup Murray and was going to debrief to discover a little anecdote or scenario and with that same cocksure bluster tell her I was going to make Murray an International Superstar with dispatches from my book tours: "Tiffany, Murray is a smash hit in Pittsburgh; he's going to be hard to live with....Don't even think about taking Murray to Hotlanta without wig & sunnies.."
|Tiffany right before she died.|
My Book Launch Party was this past Wednesday. I tracked down Tiffany's great friend Dante asking him to stop by and wanted to hear more about Tiffany. I don't know Dante well but remember that first night Tiffany and I met at how she raved about what a wonderful friend he was.....one of those very few that will actually go out of his way for someone. Dante is in the middle of a big life transition and in the process of moving out to LA with a new opportunity as screenwriter. He stopped in for a few minutes to tell me of Tiffany's last days and he was nearly as blindsided as I was. Tiffany was never the type to make a big production of her troubles. I told Dante I wanted him to collaborate with me on a book with a young Tiffany and her pup Murray and we would use the philanthropic proceeds to do something special to honor our dearly departed friend.