Thursday, July 12, 2007

Farewell, Mr. Butch


"Boston Has Lost Mr. Butch

Harold Madison Jr., also known as Mr. Butch, died Thursday morning after his scooter crashed into a pole in Newton Square. Madison was pronounced dead at Brigham and Women's Hospital a short time after the accident occurred, according to Regeneration Tattoo, the Allston tattoo and record shop whose staff has long looked out for and after Mr. Butch.

Known throughout Boston circles as "the King of Kenmore Square" for more than three decades, Mr. Butch was recognizable by his dreadlocked hair, fondness for Miller High Life and musical stylings. He was often seen playing guitar in the Kenmore Square area - including gigs at The Underground and The Rathskellar - throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He relocated (read: was forced by police to relocate) to Allston in the late 1990s and had been there ever since. He was featured in a 2002 documentary.

A memorial service is being planned and has been tentatively scheduled for Monday."

As a former Allston-dweller, I am saddened.

1 comment:

Evgeniy and Stepan. said...

Good afternoon and happiness to You!
Many people to help to destroy the SOVIET UNION, who will help this family
For each comes the moment in the life, when it is necessary to lengthen the
hand of aid,if you desire to itself good.
We has already been turned in charities organizations. They threw out our
rotation. We request you by name God- help them.
This is a letter from a group of college students from Omsk, Russia. We
have formed this team in pursuit of one common goal charitable fundraising
to help Maria Komeliagina, a very sick girl who needs urgent medical
Both her parents are handicapped and hardly able to be of any financial
The Bible says, Give to Those Asking. Instead, many prefer to deprive those
who ask of their last bits. The Bible also says that even dogs sometimes
get leftovers from their master s table. Now, we are asking you: is this
sick girl inferior to dogs? Does she deserve to die an excruciating death
because of her illness? We have been trying to raise funds for this
desolate family for 3 years, and often encountered manifestations of the
world s cruelty, human cold-heartedness and indifference toward someone
else’s distress. However, we also met good and charitable people who sent
their sympathetic replies to our letters. Those people sent Maria their
love in words, food, vitamins, some clothes, and toys. Some of them sent
money, too.
If you are able to provide Maria and her parents ANY assistance at all,
please do not hesitate to do so. Anything will do, even if you just advise
us of an organization that really helps unfortunate people like this poor
The amount that this family needs is huge, it totals to $16,000. We are
Fully aware of the enormity of this amount and of the fact that very few people
Are ready to give it to a sick child if the child is not their own. But, if
mercy and grace are still alive in your heart, please help them with
whatever you can. If you have an opportunity, any information about this
family published in the Internet would help, too (please see the webpage

It can also be any money, or medicine, or food, or old toys, or second-hand
clothes (they will make it over for Maria). They would greatly appreciate
any assistance.
We hope you will extend your sympathy to this family and their daughter.
Their address is:
Leonid Ivanovich Komeliagin.
y. 20 n/c - 51A, k-24
Telephone: +7(3812) 67 39 07
Speak only Russian.

Donations accounts:
For: SBERBANK Zapadno-Sibirsky head office, Omsk, Branch 8634/0195
Account wich institution: SWIFT: SABRRUMMTN1
Account number: 42 307 840 6 4500 0334041
Name: Komeliagin Leonid Ivanovich.
Details of payments: Donations for Medical Treatment.

For Leonid Komeliagin

Sincerely-Evgeny Filippov,Stepan Shpeht, Student Team member.
May God bless you for your kindness and grace!
Passing by the grief of others, you will stumble against its.
He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
There can be who that will not regret 5,10, 20 dollars for this family.