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  • Merryl K

    Merryl K San Jose, CA

    Last year, everyone laughed when I hopped on a plane and flew down to LA for Theo's 90th birthday celebration. I come from humble roots, where taking a flight for an overnight stay just to see a performer would be unheard of. I'm so glad I did! The opportunity to celebrate with folk-music greats like Arlo Guthrie, Peter Yarrow,Tom Paxton and, of course, Theo himself, was amazing. Most of all, it brought back memories of my mother, in the sixties, grabbing my father by one hand and me by the other, dancing the troika to Theodore Bikel music. A hearty thank-you to his family for sharing him with us all of these years!

    Last year, everyone laughed when I hopped on a plane and flew down to LA for Theo's 90th birthday celebration. I come from humble roots, where taking a flight for an overnight stay just to see a performer would be unheard of. I'm so glad I did! The opportunity to celebrate with folk-music greats like Arlo Guthrie, Peter Yarrow,Tom Paxton and, of course, Theo himself, was amazing. Most of all, it brought back memories of my mother, in the sixties, grabbing my father by one hand and me by the other, dancing the troika to Theodore Bikel music. A hearty thank-you to his family for sharing him with us all of these years!

  • Ronald Schwartz

    Ronald Schwartz Baltimore, Maryland

    I heard Theo duchen in Houston, Texas in the Orthodox shul. He had come for a Holiday Concert at the Reform Temple, but made a point of going to services the first day of the chag just to duchen. He was proud to be a kohen, even if his family wasn't Jewishly religious. He was hartzig, rational, intelligent, gifted, and cool. He was also a star and insisted upon star treatment. Not all of his concerts made money, but he enriched the world. For the music and songs we learned from him, the artistry he shared, all we can say is thank you.

    I heard Theo duchen in Houston, Texas in the Orthodox shul. He had come for a Holiday Concert at the Reform Temple, but made a point of going to services the first day of the chag just to duchen. He was proud to be a kohen, even if his family wasn't Jewishly religious. He was hartzig, rational, intelligent, gifted, and cool.

    He was also a star and insisted upon star treatment. Not all of his concerts made money, but he enriched the world.

    For the music and songs we learned from him, the artistry he shared, all we can say is thank you.

  • Cary Groneveldt

    Cary Groneveldt New York City

    The other day, I was thinking about Theodore for absolutely no reason in particular. Well, I shouldn't say "no reason" because his impact on me as a performer was so, so profound. Now, today, I learned of this great man's transition to the next plane. As I said, his oersona was do engripping on you, you remember him as a friend, or, at least, someone who you wish to God *was* actually your friend in real life. Theodore, I hadn't the honor & privelege of your aquaintance, but you shall be severely missed. And I'm contributing to your causes based on your name. Rest peacefully, my Friend ....

    The other day, I was thinking about Theodore for absolutely no reason in particular.
    Well, I shouldn't say "no reason" because his impact on me as a performer was so, so profound.
    Now, today, I learned of this great man's transition to the next plane.
    As I said, his oersona was do engripping on you, you remember him as a friend, or, at least, someone who you wish to God *was* actually your friend in real life.
    Theodore, I hadn't the honor & privelege of your aquaintance, but you shall be severely missed.
    And I'm contributing to your causes based on your name.
    Rest peacefully, my Friend ....

  • Cindy Howe

    Cindy Howe Los Angeles, CA

    To a wonderful man whom both my mother and I had the pleasure of knowing. We met Theo back in the 60's at his radio show in Los Angeles and also met a lifelong friend at his show, musician Hoyt Axton. Both friendships resulted in many years of admiration of their music and the pleasure of sharing events with Theo. Even as a young teenager, only 11, I corresponded with him about my aspirations of becoming a classical guitarist. He was most encouraging and I still have these wonderful letters that expressed this and his helpful thoughts on my goals. My family and I we're able to attend there Bread and Roses Festivals in the 70's and again, celebrate and share the joy of such an amazing group of noted musicians and legends, as Theo Bikel…memories I will cherish forever. An amazing talent and man. Thank you for all the wonderful times and your open heart and naturally, your beautiful music. Rest in peace. With love and admiration, Cindy and from my Mother (in spirit), who passed away in 2005.

    To a wonderful man whom both my mother and I had the pleasure of knowing. We met Theo back in the 60's at his radio show in Los Angeles and also met a lifelong friend at his show, musician Hoyt Axton. Both friendships resulted in many years of admiration of their music and the pleasure of sharing events with Theo. Even as a young teenager, only 11, I corresponded with him about my aspirations of becoming a classical guitarist. He was most encouraging and I still have these wonderful letters that expressed this and his helpful thoughts on my goals.
    My family and I we're able to attend there Bread and Roses Festivals in the 70's and again, celebrate and share the joy of such an amazing group of noted musicians and legends, as Theo Bikel…memories I will cherish forever.
    An amazing talent and man.
    Thank you for all the wonderful times and your open heart and naturally, your beautiful music.
    Rest in peace.
    With love and admiration,
    Cindy and from my Mother (in spirit), who passed away in 2005.

  • Rick Barzanti

    Rick Barzanti Dilliner, PA

    Heartfelt condolences to the Bikel family. Mr. Bikel was always a joy to see in movies and television.

    Heartfelt condolences to the Bikel family. Mr. Bikel was always a joy to see in movies and television.

  • Chuck Snapp

    Chuck Snapp

    I Met Mr. Bikel twice working light and sound for a couple of his shows. His talent, charisma, and intelligence always touched me. I was blessed to have worked with him and seen him perform. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Music and theater has lost a legend. His knowledge of folk music was astounding.

    I Met Mr. Bikel twice working light and sound for a couple of his shows. His talent, charisma, and intelligence always touched me. I was blessed to have worked with him and seen him perform. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Music and theater has lost a legend. His knowledge of folk music was astounding.

  • Michelle Brownstein

    Michelle Brownstein Rochester NY

    My deepest condolences to a man who sang with his heart, acted with soul and helped the world be a better place. The world be a little sadder without your rich voice to lead us in dark times.

    My deepest condolences to a man who sang with his heart, acted with soul and helped the world be a better place. The world be a little sadder without your rich voice to lead us in dark times.