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Ernest Hemingway in "A Sun Also Rises" created a character which reminded me of Phil—he calls it an aficionado—a rare person who knew how to enjoy life, loved the sport of living and did it to its fullest without alienating or hurting others—a person who had a special passion and energy level which transcended in his work, play and life. My big brother was such a person; whether it was basketball when we were growing up, where in the park at Manhattan Beach Phil, at 5'6, could dunk and run circles around his peers, or playing and mastering guitar; or traveling worldwide countless times with barely enough money to pay his way; or writing, producing and directing numerous documentaries which touched us all deeply and became award winners. In all cases his level of enthusiasm, commitment and love for what he was trying to accomplish were unmatched. He loved the challenge—he thrived on it—and he was so good at it. However, like a true aficionado, when the award and acclaim where announced and given, he didn't gloat or boast. He just quietly moved on to the next project. That's what I loved about him.

His honesty and integrity were only equaled by his raw passion for life, and his desire for and admiration of greatness in the truest sense of the word. He was a rebel with a cause—to rid the world of bullshit, bureaucracy, mediocrity and laziness. This was a battle that he couldn't win because AIDS—which he calls in one of his articles "the epidemic of unmatched proportion" got the best of him. However, through his work at the People with AIDS Coalition magazine which he edited, and his constant verbal and written assault of the reactionaries in government and big business—he did make impact. Hopefully one day his actions will help lead us to a cure of this illness.

He died at age 36—or twice chai in hebrew—two times life. He knew in his later years that his life was going to be short so he tried desperately to accomplish as much as he could in the time that he had. And he did—his 36 action-packed years were like 2 conventional lives. However, he was not a conventional person, he was an aficionado. As the Jewish saying goes, too life, too life Lachaim, Lachaim, Lachaim to life. That's the way Phil would want us to remember him. He loved the people around him very deeply and we will always love him.