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August 21, 2009


Tom Hall

We had Mike and his lovely wife at a screening of the film in Sarasota, FL. He was a lovely man, a gentleman, and was very sweet to all of us. My deepest condolences to Doug and his family for their loss and may he rest in peace.

Janet Luongo

So glad you posted this - it's quite extraordinary how you took an "ordinary" family story and made it universal. Yes, your Dad was amazing and he inspired warmth - he was lovable. Now his legacy, as you say, with 51 Birch Street and your new film, will live on...

Alexandra Duffy

Doug you have honored your father and I know he was proud of you in so may ways. Thank you for sharing him with us and the world. I have been honored to have had Mike Block as my Father In Law. He will live on in my memory and heart as a warm, intelligent, man that loved his family and friends. Those of us who had the privilege of knowing him are filled with sorrow, but we will celebrate his life though your films.

He loved many but was loved by many more who will miss him dearly.

Ja ck & Bertie Kierdorf

Words can not express our sorry for your lossd - Mike was an extraordinary man - intelligent, warm and caring. We've enjoyed many hours with him and Carol and will miss him greatly. We have thr disc of 51 Birch and ewill keep it forever.
Again - our deeprst sympathy to all.

Barbara from Melbourne, Australia

51 Birch St was just shown here tonight on "free to air" TV in Melbourne, Australia.....I was mesmorized and found this film to be so sad, and yet so uplifting....
Thank you Doug for making such a remarkable documentary.....I was born and raised in the 50's....and my parents' marriage mirrored that of Mike and Mina in so many ways....
Condolences to you and all your family on Mikes passing, I am so glad he followed his heart and found love with Kitty in his later years .....

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