We love you all
We love you all so much. Out hearts are with you.
by Aja @ October 25, 2010, 2:50 PM
sub pop family
My broken heart is with you all. Sending love and strength.
by kerri @ October 25, 2010, 3:00 PM
You did the best that words can with that piece, Chris. It made me sadder as I read it, but in the best way possible in the aftermath of such a tragic event. Thank you.
by blake @ October 25, 2010, 3:10 PM
Thank you, Chris. Beautifully put. I feel so fortunate to have known Andy and my heart goes out to all of you.
by jimpitt @ October 25, 2010, 3:25 PM
a special spirit!
I will truly miss you Andy. Those wonderful conversations about music & life will always be with me.
My heart goes out to his family at home & at work which brought him absolute fulfillment.
Much MUCH LOVE my brother!
by tim @ October 25, 2010, 3:25 PM
michael alan goldberg
I was so, so shocked and saddened to hear the news, and my thoughts are with Andy’s family, his friends, and everyone at Sub Pop.
by michael_a_goldberg @ October 25, 2010, 3:28 PM
bella union hands across the water...
we are all so sad to hear of this awful tragedy, and our hearts go out to Andy’s family and all our subpop friends who we know will be going through such tough times and with such raw emotions over these coming days. Words are hard to find to express our grief adequately but know please that Andy will never be forgotten by us, and that our love for all of you and the wonderful job we are privileged to do, will carry us all forward day by day, until the rawness and disbelief begins to fade. Bella Union holds hands with Subpop forever. Simon, Mark, Luke, Duncan, Johnny, Paul, Jason, Vincent. We will miss you Andy. xxx
by bellaunion @ October 25, 2010, 3:53 PM
So sorry to hear about this sad news. Anything we can do to help, please ask. Love from Chailo Sim in Wales, UK ~ Nayfe. x
by nayfe sj @ October 25, 2010, 4:03 PM
listening to Radio Birdman on repeat. I will miss you so much, Andy. Love to my friends at SubPop and to all who had a chance to know this beautiful person.
by Kwab @ October 25, 2010, 4:16 PM
The Head and the Heart
Here I sit, inexplicable weeping for a stranger. Moved to the marrow in my bones. What beauty he cultivated, represented so eloquently in this posting, and what a mark he left. And what a legacy, with the music and the friends and sweet little Anna, will continue to flourish long after the sting of loss fades.
by neille @ October 25, 2010, 4:22 PM
I only knew you in passing, but you were ever so sweet and kind. My heart hurts for your family. All my love and thoughts to them today…
by shrie @ October 25, 2010, 4:25 PM
sending love your way.
when i lived in Seattle i used to make his coffee everyday. i didnt know him on a more personal level, but he was always kind and had a gentle smile, and he definitely sparkled… my heart is truly with all those who are grieving his loss.
by Sade @ October 25, 2010, 4:30 PM
Sub-pop is a family to so many and in so many ways. I’ve had a long, long history with the label and I’ve always been honored to be a part of your great, big family. I’m sorry that such a dear member of your family and of the Seattle community has gone. Two things I know about Andy is how much he loved music and how he always made me laugh. My heart goes out to his family and to everyone at Sub-pop.
Kindest regards, Candice
by Candice @ October 25, 2010, 4:40 PM
So very sad
I’m so sorry all. I’m so sad for everyone and his family. One of the good ones. RIP Andy.
Love Anna Woolverton
by Anna of yesterday @ October 25, 2010, 5:01 PM
Our thoughts are with you all
We are so sorry to hear this very sad news. I know you all are very heartbroken and our thoughts are with you and Andy’s family.
by Kelly @ October 25, 2010, 5:12 PM
I was fortunate to employ Andy in his first(I think) venture into the record business at a small indie shop in Ann Arbor Play It Again Records. Unbelievably intelligent and well read about good music for a high school student. But what I will mostly remember about Andy is that smile.
Words cannot express the sadness I feel right now. It clear how many lives Andy touched in his far too short time on this earth.
Thoughts to his family and friends.
by lilmoxie @ October 25, 2010, 5:24 PM
Wishing you strength through this tough time.
Sending all of my heart’s strength out to Andy’s family and friends, and all of those that will miss his beautiful presence. And many thanks to the courageous rescuer that gave his daughter the chance to continue to carry on his beautiful spirit.
by caroline @ October 25, 2010, 5:26 PM
THINKING OF YOU
My thoughts and prayers are with the Sub Pop family after this terrible tragedy. Love you all.
by jonathan_cohen @ October 25, 2010, 5:33 PM
I’m stunned. My family’s hearts go out to Andy’s family and the Sub Pop family.
by paulshrug @ October 25, 2010, 5:42 PM
My heart goes out
I was so sad to hear the terrible news. My heart most definitely goes out to his family and the entire Sub Pop family I’ve come to know and love over the last year. I will keep Andy and his entire family in my thoughts and prayers.
by Brad Barrish @ October 25, 2010, 5:44 PM
To The Sub Pop Family
This year has been grim in more ways than one, but to hear Andy has so suddenly passed felt like a body blow when I found out.
Andy was SO one of ‘The Good Guys’ in our business; I have nothing but the best memories of our brief times together—-brief, but the kind that bonded me to this wonderful man. As a member of the AIMS independent stores it was always a fine thing to meet him—-all of us at AIMS are so taken aback.
Blessings on his family, both at home and at Sub Pop, and those of us at Vintage Vinyl who knew our friend are feeling it…
by 'Papa' @ October 25, 2010, 5:50 PM
It’s been years+years since I worked at Sub Pop (and I probably don’t even know most of you), but I am thinking of you today. I still feel very close to the heart of what SP means, and when my friends are hurting; I am too. Hold each other close. I’m sending my wishes for love and strength to all of you (and to Andy’s family, of course).
by caribou @ October 25, 2010, 5:52 PM
May Peace find your hearts,
and heal with love and blessings to Andy’s family. There are really very few words one can say, to ease the pain of such a tragedy. Hopefully just knowing others send their love and prayers to you at this time, it will lighten the load.
by DancingQueen @ October 25, 2010, 6:11 PM
My best to all of you
So sorry to hear about this. He sounds like he was a hell of a guy. Much love to you all.
by tmidgett @ October 25, 2010, 6:15 PM
Cherish the memories
So sorry to hear of your loss-cherish the memories guys (hold onto those in the next days and forever).
by chris_stowers @ October 25, 2010, 6:28 PM
Sending lots of Love to Sub Pop
You are all in my thoughts and sending you lots of love through this tragic time. Such an amazing person we are all blessed to know. Love!
by lianna @ October 25, 2010, 6:31 PM
So much love to the friends and family
My family suffered a somewhat similar out of nowhere tragedy about a year ago and I want to extend the deepest most heartfelt love and compassion to the family and let you know that while you now feel raw and eviscerated, it gets better. It will not feel like this forever and down the road for you and his daughter will be many many times of joy and laughter and appreciation for live. I am just a stranger who has been there – but maybe every now and then think of that you are not alone in this indescribably suffering. For now, breathe in and out when you just can’t stand and let people help you. accept all offers of help as long as they are helpful.
by chanel @ October 25, 2010, 7:43 PM
I'll miss you, Andy
I grew up with Andy in Ann Arbor, MI, and his family lived on the same street as mine. When I was a kid, he was teaching me about the Pixies and the Smiths, while teasing me about liking new kids on the block. he was always intelligent, informed, sweet, and loving, and it is a true tragedy that the world has lost such an upstanding person. all my love goes out to the kotowicz family, as well as the sub pop family. We love you, Andy.
- Maria Schriber
by moofdawg @ October 25, 2010, 7:44 PM
I don't know if
I don’t know if you ever noticed this Chris, but I would walk up to a group of you guys and only hug Andy. I’m not entirely sure he was comfortable with it, but I just couldn’t help myself.
A massive loss to everyone who knew him.
by MLJ @ October 25, 2010, 8:04 PM
You're all in my thoughts
This is horrible. My hearts go out to all of you, Andy’s family, and the lovely & brave man who pulled them both from the wreck. Hang on to each other. He will never leave you.
by juju mcd @ October 25, 2010, 8:25 PM
Andy K talking tunes...
I feel the need to reach out regarding Andy but I’m at a loss for words – I guess that’s something that Andy & I never were when it came to talking tunes. There are so few people that I’ve been able to share that ultra special language of the music with that to lose him is a personal tragedy but a greater communal one. Knowing that Andy was out there on the front lines as one of the ‘good guys’ in our business, constantly gave me strength – I figured if Andy was out there getting it done, everything was ok. I will always miss him, his generosity and enthusiasm, and I will definitely miss talking tunes. My condolences to family and friends and everyone at Sub Pop. And all these words just don’t say it…
by Cheryl @ October 25, 2010, 8:36 PM
I MOURN AS MY FRIENDS DO
I am very close to people who were very close to this dear man, and as a husband, father and co-worker of people i love i cannot imagine losing someone like this, so suddenly and so unfairly. As I read about him I realize he was the type of man and spirit that our world craves, so it saddens me as much as does my empathy for my friends who mourn. Good for all of you for this outpouring of feelings and we all must hold one anothers’ hearts closely and tightly. He sounds like the type of soul who would want that.
by tad @ October 25, 2010, 8:42 PM
Thoughts, Prayers, Love, & Peace
I didn’t know Andy on a personal level, but have talked with him briefly on a couple of occasions around town. The only thing I really knew about him was that he had a passion for music and worked at Sub Pop. All I can say is that he was a nice guy, with a big smile. Not knowing anything else about him I know he will be missed by those closest to him. My sincere condolences to the Kotowicz family. My condolences to the Sub Pop family as well. I know he will be missed by both families. May he Rest In Peace.
by Ray @ October 25, 2010, 9:22 PM
In loss he saved lives...
I am in awe of someone who can save the lives of others within their tragic loss. Andy and his family will be heros for the individuals who lives he saved…even though his could not. Please know they are very appreciative even if they don’t express it immediately.
by Judy @ October 25, 2010, 9:31 PM
I didn’t know Andy well, and hadn’t seen him since his time at Play It Again, but I remember him as a very positive person. When I was trying to learn about what was going on in music back in ‘90, We struck up a conversation and he patiently went over bands for well over an hour. I’m sad for his friends and family, but I’m glad that he made it into a field he loved.
by BenL @ October 25, 2010, 10:07 PM
I met Andy only once or twice, very sorry to hear of his/our loss. Best wishes to his family and friends.
by Stuart @ October 25, 2010, 10:30 PM
Thank you, Andy.
Andy was assigned my mentor via my university last year. The fact that he took time out of his busy schedule to meet with me and chat shows what kind of guy he was. Always very encouraging and willing to help out any way he could. I am indebted to him for passing on so much wisdom, as well as helping me get an internship at Sub Pop.
My condolences to his family.
Andy, I only knew you for a short time but THANK YOU for your kindness. You will be missed, buddy.
by KristinGaerlan @ October 25, 2010, 10:35 PM
I never met Andy. After reading all of these comments, I don’t need to to offer my condolences. Sorry folks.
by burnside @ October 26, 2010, 2:06 AM
Andy was one of the many people we met that made our U.S. tour earlier this year awesome. love to all his family and friends.
Eddy Current Suppression Ring.
by ECSR @ October 26, 2010, 2:44 AM
ADA GLOBAL LOVE
Andy you were a kind and gentle soul with an engaging smile and a wicked sense of humour. May your spirit live on in your children and with all those fortunate to know and love you. Condolences and peace to your family at home and at sub pop.
by colina @ October 26, 2010, 3:19 AM
Deepest Sympathies from the SoundScan Family
Utterly horrific! Andy was superb at everything he did. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our Deepest sympathies are sent to Andy’s family and industry family. We have all been touched.!
by Ant Still at SoundScan @ October 26, 2010, 5:15 AM
All I got to say is R.I.P. and surelly he will be looking at us and that great smile. Brazil loves u man.
Another star in heaven.
By Jules – Sao Paulo – Brazil
by julesposito @ October 26, 2010, 6:16 AM
Andy took me under his wing and helped me get my first job in the business in the mid-90s. He introduced me to so much unknown music to me at the time and his enthusiastic love of music made me excited to go to work with him. His smile was addictive; and he was always smiling. Witnessing all the love sent to him and his family the past couple of days shows just how much of a badass guy he was. He was awesome. Much love to you and your family coming from TN….
by mrcolonel @ October 26, 2010, 7:51 AM
a worthy expression of leaning into the light
i only knew andy in passing but i’ll always remember his warm smile, the light in his eyes, and the fact that he remembered me every time we met when he had no reason to. he was always warm, inviting, and genuinely sincere. an irreplaceable presence. a horrible tragedy. i’m reminded of something barry lopez once wrote: “there are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. you continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.” my heart goes out to his family, to everyone at sub pop, and to anyone whose life andy graced. may the light andy brought to this world hold and keep you all.
by craig @ October 26, 2010, 8:45 AM
Andy, my hope for you is that you will have as many friends in the next world as you had in this one. For the rest of us, I hope that your memory will remind us to be as good to each other – as interested, as kind, as open – as you were to us. Considering your heart and soul, the wish hardly needs the wisher in order to be true. Love lives on.
by lauracassidy @ October 26, 2010, 9:02 AM
My deepest sympathies to the Sub Pop family
I feel very grateful for the short time I was able to work directly with Andy over the last few years. His kindness and gentle spirit was infectious and I know I’ll never forget that smile. His passion for the things that were important to him, family, friends and music were obvious to me even in this short time. I will miss him and want to offer any support I can give to the SP family and his immediate family.
by MollyNeuman @ October 26, 2010, 9:12 AM
But....that can't be right.
I got the message via Facebook Sunday night. “Sad News about Andy Kotowicz”. But that can’t be right. Not Andy. Andy is GOOD. This isn’t how the world is supposed to work.
I worked with Andy at Schoolkids in the early 90s when we were both kids. I’ve always been so proud of him for what he accomplished in the music biz, and how he managed to still be that super sweet, cool, funny, goofy, kind and smart Andy I used to know.
My thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s family and friends. Please know that we all know how special Andy was.
by a2jess @ October 26, 2010, 10:12 AM
Dearly Missed As A Friend
It’s hard to put into words how this is truly a loss for all. One of the nicest people I’ve had the honor to be friends with. Our condolences go out to Andy’s family and friends.
by Jackpot Records @ October 26, 2010, 11:25 AM
Ten Club Love for Subpop
Thanks so much for those beautiful words, Chris. Those of us in PJ world are sending love to your Subpop family.
by 10CTim @ October 26, 2010, 11:58 AM
Chris, thanks for writing this. I know it had to hurt like hell. Andy was an absolutely lovely man and a good friend to so many. To the Kotowicz and Sup Pop families, we send you our strength and love. And Chris, next time I see you I’m gonna hug you like a baby in my arms.
Arlie & Tammy
by ajc @ October 26, 2010, 12:52 PM
A dear friend truly missed
I’ve known Andy since our days at Kenyon and been with him from Paris to Nashville to Brooklyn and Ann Arbor. His laugh was truly infectious and his personality was radiant. Now I feel truly saddened. His passing is a huge loss. He leaves behind a wonderful wife and daughter and a legacy of inspiring people through music. Andy, I will truly miss you.
by Kevin @ October 26, 2010, 1:31 PM
A Good Guy
I’m so sorry for the loss of this good man. I hope and pray that the family will have whatever they need to get through this.
Is there anything the family needs, and could you post if a college scholarship could be created for his daughter. I know its hard to think that far ahead, but while everyone is aware, might be a good time to plan for whatever college she might want. We all could contribute seed money and it would have time to grow.
by Anna @ October 26, 2010, 2:16 PM
A gracious family
The Kotowicz’s have always been a gracious family: warm, welcoming and humbling. Andy was at the very heart of the comfort you felt in their presence and in their home in Ann Arbor. Though I have not seen Andy for many years, I looked up to him even as a kid. He made it OK to like music less as a popularity contest, and more for the friends, new and old, you enjoyed it with. I think he knew better than most of us: music is a tissue. It’s an agent for strangers to connect. I think Andy truly lived that. I think of Michigan summers on Bear Lake with the Kotowicz’s to keep warm in these dark moments. I will miss Andy.
by KurtE @ October 26, 2010, 2:28 PM
so so sorry
i can’t even believe this as i read it. andy was one of the finest folks i have ever come across in this crazy music business. he seemed so totally unaffected by unimportant things. always a smile and some great conversation. he will be greatly missed. my condolences to his family, friends and co-workers.
by bob @ October 26, 2010, 3:53 PM
SO PROFOUNDLY SORRY
My heart hurts for you guys and for everyone who knew and loved Andy. I’m so sorry for your loss, and so grateful to Andy for bringing good laughs and true friendship to so many people I know.
by RebeccaPellman @ October 26, 2010, 5:22 PM
people say the "the
people say the “the sub pop family” and it truly is a real thing. from the second you enter the office you feel like you are on vacation at your dream family’s summer house. there are all kinds of weird aunts and uncles and strange relatives shuffling around and you just feel amazing. and Andy was like your favorite uncle. he slipped you some money and candy under the table when no one was looking and he was just a warm light you could hide under. and he was funny and made you feel really fucking happy. we only met him a few times, but it was more than enough for us to know that he was our true friend and an amazing person. it’s truly hard to grasp that you are gone, but your memory is as bright you were in person. we love you andy and everyone at sub pop. love love love, happy birthday
by KT @ October 26, 2010, 8:15 PM
This is so terrible… I don’t even know what to say, but I do want to thank you, Sub Pop, for the kind words about your colleague and dear friend…
by Sarah @ October 26, 2010, 9:24 PM
It’s times like these that make so much of our lives seem embarrassingly trivial.Today I was waiting for an order from Sub Pop but now I don’t care if it ever does. My prayers are with you and the family.
by oakland @ October 27, 2010, 12:41 AM
What a tragedy. What a miracle. Our thoughts are with Andy’s family and our mutual extended family at Sub Pop.
by Cargo Germany @ October 27, 2010, 3:03 AM
I only met Andy one time about 30 years ago. My husband and I had stopped by his parent’s home in Ann Arbor. He had just spent the day with his grandpa at a Detroit Tigers game. It was a tender moment that stayed with me – a sweet, smiling little boy spending the day at a ball game with his grandfather.
Andy has really nice parents who obviously did a great job raising a successful and interesting son respected and touched by many. Now a son, father, husband, brother and friend lost. It is hard to make sense of this.
Along with so many others, my thoughts are with all those who loved and cared for Andy.
J. krause – Ann Arbor
by jk @ October 27, 2010, 3:42 AM
So sad; such a terrible loss
My brother and I grew up with Andy and his wonderful family. We are crushed by his loss, and are holding Michelle, Bill, Madeline, Jocelyn and Anna in our hearts and thoughts. This shouldn’t happen to anybody, but it is particularly painful when such a wonderful person is taken.
Much love to all of you now and always, and much thanks to the person who rescued Anna – we will be forever in his debt. The only solace for anybody who has lost somebody they love is that I’m confident the music has just gotten way better in heaven.
by jlax @ October 27, 2010, 7:42 AM
Simply, the best.
Andy K was, as everyone knows, one of the most genuine and friendly men you could ever hope to meet, EVER. And he was excellent at his job, in no small part because anybody within spitting distance just had to catch the glow of excitement and cheer that beamed out of him all the time.
We—Northwest transplants and East Coast music-biz veterans alike—out here in NYC are so sad for this loss, and feel great sympathy for the Kotowicz family and for the Sub-Pop staff, who I know love Andy dearly. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Love, Michaela and Nabil
by michaela @ October 27, 2010, 11:44 AM
My heart goes out to the familly and friends @ Subpop.
by jimisbob @ October 27, 2010, 11:45 AM
Thank you Andy
We dedicate today’s Band of the Day to you Andy.
Band of the Day (10.27.10) Foals
We love new music, but we also love GREAT music from bands that may already have a massive following. Foals new record is quite possibly the album of the year. If you haven’t heard it yet, well come listen to two tracks NOW! We dedicate this post to our good friend Andy Kotowicz who was a staple at SubPop, Foals label, and was the guy that introduced us to Foals and 1000s of other great bands. Thank you Andy for being our trusted source for over a decade. You will be missed.
by NewBandDay @ October 27, 2010, 12:25 PM
SOME OF MY FIRST CD'S
Andy made it a point to give me a CD almost every year for christmas growing up in Ann Arbor. It was always someone I had NEVER heard of but instantly was a fan. When I visited Seattle for the first time he took me to a awesome chinese dinner and presented me with a STACK of CD’s from the Sub-Pop label. He was always so kind and caring and remembered everyone. Saying he will be missed is the understatement of the century.
by maxstout @ October 27, 2010, 12:45 PM
So sorry to hear about Andy. What a horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to his family, and everyone at Sub Pop.
by willwak3 @ October 27, 2010, 2:01 PM
Sorry for your loss...
Sorry for your loss…
James / Ireland
by Jamesy Boy @ October 27, 2010, 2:03 PM
MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU
my sincerest condolences to all of Andy’s Sub Pop family, his loved ones, and to his precious wife and daughter. words really can’t do this type of sadness justice. take care of each other.
by RachelMarie @ October 27, 2010, 3:20 PM
Andy and I were
Andy and I were inseparable from about age 4 into high school. In the wake of this inconceivable tragedy I keep on trying to piece together concrete memories of walks to school, sleepovers, summers spent at his family’s cabin on Bear Lake, school kid crushes, Maddy’s arrival home from the hospital….but right now I just feel the ache of a loss that I can’t quite bear. To all of you who knew Andy later in life I want to thank you for giving him a home, friendship, and a community. It’s amazing and touching to see that the kid I knew grew up to be so respected and loved. And to Andy’s family, who always treated me like one of their own, I can’t express the depth of this loss or gratitude I feel for you’re including me in your lives. You are forever in my thoughts.
by Andy @ October 27, 2010, 4:18 PM
Warmest thoughts for Andy, his family, friends, and coworkers. All our wishes for a brighter day.
Sub Pop Fan Mike R
by MikeR @ October 28, 2010, 8:11 AM
So sad. My thoughts
So sad. My thoughts go out to Andy’s family and to the Sub Pop family.
- Candice Jones
by Mario Speedwagon @ October 28, 2010, 9:23 AM
I didn’t know Andy, but I had come across the accident moments after it happened on my way to work. I was so distraught by it that evening and coming back home – the thought and pain of it just wouldn’t leave me enough that I was crying about it. I was glad to read that Kenny Johnson not only saved Andy’s daughter, but was also to deliver some words of comfort and peace from Andy to his wife, friends and co-workers at Sub Pop. Peace and love to all of you in your sorrow.
by JK56 @ October 28, 2010, 12:25 PM
love and support from a2/ypsi
much love to the family, and so much gratitude to Kenny for his heroic act of humanity. you saved more than one life that day, sir. high hopes and prayers that all affected by this tragedy (and accompanying miracle of kindness and hope) bloom beautifully, as Andy would have hoped too. we lost a good one in a business with very few of those, now the rest of us have a lot more to carry. thank you, andy. we’ll do our best til we meet you again.
by Mike @ October 28, 2010, 12:51 PM
Peace and Love
This is so incredibly sad. I never knew Andy…but I just wanted to give my thoughts and prayers to his family and dearest friends. You seemed like a wonderful man, Andy. You have left your mark on alot of people. I am so deeply saddned by this. I believe everyone takes people for granted in some way, but after this tragidy, I will never once take anyone that I love for granted again. You never know what you have, until it is gone. Much love to you, your family and dear friends. May God bless you all. Kenny…you are a hero. Plain and simple.
by Stephanie @ October 28, 2010, 1:53 PM
The the Sup Pop Family, my deepest condolences to all of you. This is an example of how our co-workers are not only friends but very much like family. I can’t imagine the absence you all may feel. Keeping all of you and Andy’s family in our thoughts and prayers…!
Lorine @ RTI
by Lorine @ October 28, 2010, 3:35 PM
Remembering Andy as a little boy
Such devasting news about Andy, but a miracle about his daughter – Mike and Bill’s granddaughter. My husband and I lived next door to Andy when he was in grade school in Ann Arbor. I always remember his sweet face, and he and Andy Lax (the “two Andy’s” and the “two amigos”) walking to school together and they never quit talking – even when they were all bundled up and trudging in the snow. I still laugh remembering those days. Alex and I are thinking of the Kotowicz family and sending you our love. Judith Glass
by Judith @ October 28, 2010, 4:29 PM
What a Great Guy
I have always considered myself lucky to call Andy a close friend, but never so much as now when I see just how dear he was to so many people. I hope his family can take some comfort in knowing just how special he was. I will miss him terribly, but I will never forget his kindness and his laughter and how good it always was to be around him.
I love you so much, Andy. Thank you for everything.
by NPF @ October 28, 2010, 6:38 PM
Waimaka o Ka lani ( Heavens cry when a loved one passes )
by Boyd @ October 29, 2010, 12:26 AM
deep condolances for Andy’s family and Sub Pop crew.
Andy was the milk of human kindness. I didn’t know him well, but I feel like somebody very close to me has passed away.
OFF Festival Poland
by lenny1972 @ October 29, 2010, 7:39 AM
Message from Heaven
First I want to say how sorry I am for Andy’s family, friends, and co-workers. No one knows why these tragedies happen. My heart is with you during this difficult time. I also just heard Dave Ross’ interview with the owner of Rizzo’s who pulled Anna from the car and says he was visited by Andy’s spirit. I want to validate that these things happen and encourage you to take solace in the gift that Andy gave you all by visiting this man and passing on his message. Andy looks over you and you will see him again.
by Kari Johanna @ October 29, 2010, 10:24 AM
God Bless Little Anna
When I was four years old, my four brothers and I lost our father to a senseless car crash. Thirty-eight years have gone by, and not one day has passed when I haven’t thought about my father, whom I barely remember. Little Anna has a long road ahead of her, and will need to get to know her father through memories told to her by others who knew and loved him. I have never written a message like this after a tragedy, but felt compelled since I now have two little girls of my own and have always had the sense that life is so very fragile. I will continue to pray for peace and understanding for Andy’s family. God Bless You All
by chriswilliams79 @ October 29, 2010, 11:24 AM
Can't find the right words
I’m so sorry to read about your awful loss. I hope you guys can pull through together, and in time I hope that you can look back always and remember fondly the warmth that he brought you. All my very best wishes from across the Atlantic,
by Foz @ October 29, 2010, 1:44 PM
I'm so sorry
The accident happened around the corner from my house and I was among the people who reacted before the emergency crews arrived. I’m so thankful that Anna survived. It was the worst accident I’d ever seen and it is a miracle that anyone survived at all. It is a blessing that Mr. Kotowicz was able to help someone by his passing in terms of being an organ donor. It sounds as though he was an extraordinary man. Though I never met him, he has changed my life forever. Thank you for establishing this fund for the family so I can do something positive, however small. I pray for all blessings and comfort for his family now.
by tickyree @ October 29, 2010, 2:43 PM
Not assigning blame
I hope folks don’t take this wrong, but there is a double element of tragedy here. The truck Andy’s car ran under NEVER should have had a bumper that was so incompatible with passenger cars.
Federal rules have exempted “light trucks” (meaning huge pick-up trucks and SUVs) from lower bumper standards for far too long. The convoluded story is best told here http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/deadline-nears-for-suv-crash-compliance/ because of the “need” for off-road clearance and loading dock access. Two totally ridiculous excuses for avoiding basic safety standards.
Short version: the insurance industry petitioned the NHTSA http://www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-06-15-E9-13531 to fix this problem in 2008, as the agency had been sitting on its hands re bumper compatibility since 2003. Thanks to the absurd lethargy of the federal rulemaking process, all we have to rely on is a voluntary system, whereby automobile manufacturers agree to stop building jacked-up pickups and SUVs which go beyond the 16-20" bumper height standard.
But the law needs to go much further than this. The state of Washington should prevent the ridiculous modification of vehicles currently on the road; right now, I can be pulled over for a faulty or cracked bumper. If I drive a massively jacked-up Dodge pickup truck which will almost ALWAYS ride over the hood or trunk of a passenger car in accident…that’s perfectly ok. Makes a lot of sense, right?
I would be interested to know what power the state / city have to make new laws or regulations which could very well prevent future tragedies while the Feds sit around twiddling their thumbs.
There is little we can do to prevent accidents like this one, especially in a state where virtually anybody can get a driver’s license – few questions asked. But there IS something we can do to prevent death and injury when inevitable collisions occur. Spend 10 minutes researching this issue. You will be amazed to find out how many senseless deaths occur each year due to Americans’ pathetic & irrational need to cruise around in oversized vehicles.
Sorry to get so political on a page dedicated to a great guy whose life was cut short. But if previous generations had converted emotions into action, this terrible event may not have ever taken place.
by Landrew @ October 29, 2010, 10:54 PM
Really amazing story
On a more personal note, I was absolutely transfixed by the story Kenny Johnson (of Rizzo’s French Dip) told on the Dave Ross Show today http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=577&a=22142 He conveys a lot of respect for the Sub Pop family – for Andy – and he tells one of the most amazing stories I (the former skeptic) have ever heard….
by Landrew @ October 29, 2010, 11:10 PM
Ballard man recalls pulling girl from fiery car and a vision days later
Here’s an article related to the above
by reddirt @ October 30, 2010, 7:48 AM
(AND STILL IS)
andy was (and still is) one of the most important people in my life.
i was one person before i met andy…and, i was another person after i got to know andy.
he truly changed my life.
he will be a continuing influence on me.
by private @ October 30, 2010, 1:35 PM
MONDAY - THINKING OF ANDY
I, along with a group of colleagues half way around the world, are sending love to Jocelyn, Anna, Sub Pop, and all friends and family of Andy. We wish we could be there to share the rain, the tears and sweet remembrances of this dear man. Upward and Onward.
by Dave @ November 1, 2010, 10:41 AM
my sincere condolences
to andy’s family and friends. in my time with sub pop and after, he seemed like a really great, sweet guy.
such a sad, tragic thing.
by zak @ November 1, 2010, 12:34 PM
So very sorry
Sending my condolences to all at Sup Pop.
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by mariagc @ November 1, 2010, 8:59 PM
Tears, love and condolences
Tears, love and condolences to the Kotowicz family and our friends in the Sub Pop family. We love you . . . all of you.
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by abschaer @ November 2, 2010, 12:48 PM
What can you say?
This is tragic, just found out about this. I remember in the few times I met Andy his warmth, humor, and general good nature. It’s never fair is it?
My thoughts are with Andy’s family, friends and everyone at Sub Pop, I’m really sorry guys…
by danfetherston @ November 3, 2010, 2:39 PM
I’m echoing Dan’s sentiments above. Andy was a sweet guy and I look back fondly on the time we spent together. My condolences to Andy’s family and Sub Pop.
by Mike Pace @ November 3, 2010, 8:31 PM
Andy was a lovely man. My thoughts are with his family and all my friends at Sub Pop.
by keith_cameron @ November 9, 2010, 7:37 AM
No one sticks out in my mind when I think about my internship experience in the summer of 2005 more than Andy. He was a genuinely sweet and caring guy that I feel privileged to have met. I send my deepest condolences to his family and everyone at Sub Pop. I will keep you all in my prayers.
by Brian @ November 10, 2010, 12:07 PM
A Friend I Never Knew
Although I never had the fortune of meeting Andy, I can not begin to express the grief I have felt for him and his family. He was a truly wonderful human being and a man we can all look up to. Rest In Peace.
by Evaughn @ November 12, 2010, 2:32 AM
My Friend Lia
I am so sorry for your loss. My friend Lia Hawkins died the same day just down the street. She tragically fell off a boat she was working on by the Ballard bridge, she was 33. I was the benefit at the showbox on the news this morning and it made me wish I could do the same for her, he is truely blessed to have all this support! RIP to both.
by Heather @ December 3, 2010, 10:27 AM
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