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Saying Goodbye To Michael Goodgame

Christ & Holy Trinity Church was jammed yesterday, for the funeral of Michael Goodgame.

Mourners filled the pews long before the start of the 4 p.m. service. Later arrivals were seated downstairs, and watched on closed-circuit TV.

Michael Goodgame

Michael Goodgame

Michael — the former Staples High School Student Assembly president and swimmer; the Carleton College Ultimate Frisbee player and newspaper writer; a deep thinker and good friend, killed a week ago in an automobile accident on an icy Minnesota road — was honored by a varied crowd.

His brothers and father spoke movingly of accomplishments and potential. Several female Westport friends recalled their close-knit group, to which Michael offered a special male perspective. His Carleton teammates lent a particularly poignant touch to the proceedings.

A New Orleans-style jazz band played before the funeral began, and their music accompanied his casket out. That was in keeping with Michael’s upbeat character.

The many friends of Michael’s parents — journalist Dan Goodgame and Westport Library communications coordinator Marcia Logan — have been to funerals before. That’s life, when you’re an adult.

But for most of Michael’s friends — young men and women in their early 20s — it was their first funeral. Their first brush with the death of a peer.

We older folks wanted to tell them, “It gets easier with time.”

But it never does.

Wall Street Meets Main Street — Westport-Style

Much of America learns about the financial crisis by reading the Wall Street Journal, and watching congressional hearings on C-Span.

Not Westport.  Our town is filled with what used to be called Masters of the Universe.  They work on Wall Street, but return here at night.

And when they’ve got a spare minute, they share their insights with the rest of us.

David Komansky

Last year, at one of the bleakest moments in economic history, David Komansky and Marc Lasry delivered what they’d promised to a standing room only Westport Library crowd:  helpful, thoughtful insights from 2 men with important perspectives.

This Thursday they return (7:30 p.m., McManus Room), for a “Community Conversation:  What’s Happened to Wall Street, Part II.”

Komansky spent 35 years at Merrill Lynch.  At the height of its power, he was chairman and CEO.  He serves on the Library’s Advisory Council.

Marc Lasry

Lasry is founder and CEO of Avenue Capital Group, a $20 billion distress hedge fund firm.

Dan Goodgame — financial journalist, editor and media consultant — will moderate.

The discussion will include a look at the past year; bailouts and their aftermaths; the implications for the future — and much more.

Chris Dodd and Barney Frank:  Eat your hearts out.