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posted by davidt on Saturday April 24 2010, @07:00PM
I've just received word that a longtime fan and friend Melinda Hsu has passed away recently. Posting on the site as "Mel Torment", Melinda was very well known amongst Morrissey fans, often contributing to this site, forums and email lists. Morrissey himself recognized her and talked to her often during concerts.
A memorial service for friends and family will be held at:
Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church
Saturday, May 15 at 4pm.
Melinda's brother Victor asked if any friends have any pictures or mementos, they can be sent to [email protected].
I remember Melinda for her dedication, so many times I would hear her report on a Morrissey show and think, "how in the world did she make it there?" There was never a Morrissey show too far. She was a great friend to the site, contributions were always very sharp and observant. I will miss her humor and generosity.
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I can't believe this (Score:1)
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Guestbook (Score:2, Informative)
Such sad news, indeed. I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Melinda in these past thirteen years. The first time I met her, she ended up sleeping on the floor of my apartment in Portland before Morrissey's show at La Luna. Since then, we've shared cars, shared hotel rooms, fought, made up. She was truly a remarkable Morrissey fan -- more knowledgeable than most (all?) and she easily wrote the best concert reviews I've ever read. She'll be greatly missed.
There seems to be an online guestbook on a funeral home website. Perhaps any sentiments and photos that are shared here could also be posted on that site, as well.
Rest in Peace, Melinda.
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Viva Mel (Score:3, Informative)
There probably wasn't a Morrissey show that I went to that Mel wasn't at including Red Lightning and SATH shows with Whyte Grrrl. In Oakland, she made a point of walking over to say hi and introduce the new friends she'd made that night. She wanted to know what brought people to love Morrissey and his music like she did. And she shared experiences and news...always knew a tidbit on Moz no one else had heard yet.
Every year, her Morrissey calendar arrived in the mail. A generous gift she sent without fail...I've kept every year's. Her post-show recaps on Moz-Solo had more detail than I ever could have hoped to remember on my own. She stood her ground in queue and she earned her spot at the barricade every show. I remember right after a San Francisco Fillmore show in 2007 she left the venue to get right back in queue for the next night. Same after the Palladium shows. THAT is dedication.
Your family will miss you Mel. We'll think of you kindly,
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Fantastic Bird (Score:1)
My condolences to her family. And a group hug to Solo.
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Words can barely express... (Score:2, Insightful)
Mel took her Morrissey observances more seriously than most, but it was her keen appreciation of the absurdity inherent in this position that really set her a cut above. I vividly remember a very silly evening spent in the room I am writing this in now with us both in absolute hysterics over the lyrics to Handsome Devil (does that sound tame? It shouldn't.)
I really don't know where to begin with all the rest of it: Killarney, the mind-boggling T-shirts, the calendars... Mel was incredibly giving with her time over email as well as in person but if you never met her, you might not appreciate just how very entertaining she could be. A very smart lady.
The last time I saw Mel was just over a year ago when, after years of threats, I finally made it over to LA. On my first night in town, I met Mel for dinner and she gave me The Tour, driving us around town with Years of Refusal on repeat - the only time, actually, I've ever heard that record.
Eventually - inevitably - we wound up outside Morrissey's old house just off Sunset. Mel claimed never to have been there before, which I think is probably not the case, but as we sat there for a few minutes just looking at that place - and it's at the top of a slope so it really rises up in front of you - the mystique slowly faded away. It just became A House and there was a perceptible sense of relief for both of us, I think.
What a terrible waste this is. A terrible bloody waste.
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We've Lost Our Wonderful Woman (Score:2, Insightful)
The last time I got to spend lots of time with her was at the Milwaukee Morrissey show last year. We kept up in emails, and it didn't matter if I hadn't seen her in a day or a year, it was always such a pleasure, and time apart wasn't a factor. I met her in person for the first time touring around the midwest for Morrissey's fantastic '97 shows. Oh Kalamazoo!! And we hung out together probably 40 or 50 Morrissey shows after that time. Always a hoot.
The last shows I went to with her in Milwaukee and Chicago were so special; Morrissey Live or recorded will never be the same again without her on this earth.
We were at the barrier hugging and dancing in Milwaukee, Morrissey coming over to greet us from the stage. Such awesome memories. Such an awesome gal. She loved to write of her dreams about Morrissey.
Gosh we'll miss you Meladjusted. I can hardly put sentences together, this is so hard.
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Re:We've Lost Our Wonderful Woman (Score:2, Insightful)
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love always, Mel (Score:0)
I've got such fond memories of Mel and I and our partners in crime zigzagging from one city to another, sharing miserable hotel rooms, wielding the Queue List about, always exhausted, delirious, but having the time of our lives. I feel so lucky for our time together, and to have had our funny little Morrissey tour world to spend it in, where the rest of the world ceased to matter.
To all of you Irregular Regulars (she hated this title) or whatever we're calling ourselves these days, I am so struck right now by how much I love you all and how, since the day I've been old enough to drop everything and follow him around, my life has been entirely defined by how long since our last adventure and how long until we get to do it all again. I love you all, and I truly loved Mel.
A Great Loss (Score:1)
We will never forget her encouragement and good cheer for The Hooligans. When I'd see her in the audience, her approval meant so much.
The last time we spoke, she was knee deep in her studies to become a nurse. I can't believe she's gone and we're really gonna miss her.
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so so sad (Score:0)
rest in peace please - a sad story indeed
question - may be insensitive - but how did she die?
Viva Mel (Score:1)
But not quite... We will always remember you fondly, Mel!
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There is a light.... (Score:1)
She was a wonderful writer. I always looked forward to her concert summaries and I read every post with her name on it because I knew it was going to be good. She was so smart, so funny, so unabashedly herself. This is a great loss to the Moz community.
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to her family and friends.
She will be deeply missed.
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We're Really Missing You And You've Only Just Gone (Score:1)
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very sad day (Score:0)
She will be missed
Darren aka Modrevolve
the remarkable rocket (Score:1)
aside from being able to talk morrissey for days at a strech, she was well read and could talk on any topic with great intelligence.
i'm shocked by the news, and cant picture a tour without her. so sad. my love goes out to her brother and family.
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This is Terrible News (Score:0)
I never met her, yet i'm incredibly saddened to hear of her passing. She was obviously too young to leave this "unhappy planet". My heart and prayers go out to her family and friends.
with sadness (Score:1)
This is quite a shock.
I valued and respected Mel's perspective and common love for our dear Moz. She was so giving and generous in what she shared with fellow fans. I enjoyed her eloquence and appreciated her commitment to all of us on -solo. She has definitely helped to shape and define our online community and trotted the globe meeting fellow fans in person.
As Sus mentioned, we bumped into her in Ventura. A pleasant memory, we were all elated at the exhilarating last show of the tour, scattering around under the rain, figuring out where to hang out, saying our goodbyes. Mel had her signature sweet, wry smile, stepping shyly on the pavement. She wore the cutest black pullover with panda ears.
Mel, you are missed. Wherever you are, I hope you're singing now...
my glass raised,
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Some girls are bigger than others (Score:0)
Well, she has now gone from this unhappy planet, with all the carnivores and the destructors of it
The shows won't be the same without you, Mel.
I am shocked & speechless.
The two top qualities I admire most in any human being are passion and loyalty and Mel was the epitome of both. Love or hate her reviews and posts here on Solo, they were always from the heart. Like others have mentioned, I too would seek out her reviews first knowing they would be the most detailed & interesting.
I’ve only known Mel personally for the past couple of years. She was a fast and true friend. Always kind and very supportive of charity work that I’m involved in. We kept in touch but of course not as often as I’m now regretting.
I am so sad to know that we’ll never read another quirky, detail-filled, vocabularly impressive post of hers ever again. I am so sad that I’ll never receive another Morrissey calendar in the mail. And mostly I am sad that I’ll never have another conversation with her again, face to face, standing in line, chitt-chatting about life’s latest whatever, vegan restaurants and Morrissey musings & anecdotes.
Mel … you will be missed in so many ways by so many of us.
So long friend. See you in the next world.
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no way (Score:1)
a year ago
she was also a long time regular on this site
can't believe she just has gone
maybe make a forum where regulars can be remebered
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Sad times (Score:1)
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I'm sorry (Score:1)
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out of nowhere (Score:1)
I wish the best for her family and friends.
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Sad (Score:2, Insightful)
Life is precious. I wish I made the effort to make up with her when I had the chance. In hindsight our quabble was rather petty.
Mel was a great contributer to MorrissyTour.com. We sometimes had our disagreements, but she was always committed to seeing Morrissey perform. She always wrote fantastic and insightful reviews.
You probably remember that she had PhD. (English Lit, I think) She would often joke, "That's Doctor Hsu, to you."
That is how I'd like to remember her.
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Sad. So very sad. (Score:2, Insightful)
Mel and I didn't always see eye to eye. I remember once she said something on a Solo forum that rubbed me the wrong way and I told her it sounded rude. She didn't get angry with me. She agreed with me, apologized, and reworded her thoughts. I thought that was very classy of her. Very. And I learned from that; I now try harder to see another person's point of view when they disagree with something I've said.
The shows won't feel the same anymore. Even when she'd skip a show I was at it felt wrong. I looked for her at every show and if she wasn't there then something felt slightly off. Now all the shows will feel that way from now on.
Our short friendship kind of came full circle when she recently added me to the list of people who received her Morrissey calendars. I received mine at the beginning of this year and, naturally, I squealed. She would have rolled her eyes at me, I'm sure.
I will miss her greatly. I already do. I wish so much that I'd find out that this is a horrible mean joke so that I could tell her how distraught I was and how sad I felt at never getting to see her again.
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Mel's going home (Score:1)
'you were good in your time
and we thank you so
You said more in one day
than most people say
in a lifetime...'
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Huge loss (Score:1)
I etanally grateful to Mel's friendship and contributions to the site and the community.
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Poor Mel (Score:0)
If there was a fan who was devoted to Morrissey, Mel was.
If there was a fan known for his posts about Morrissey, it is Mel.
I am very very saddened by what happened to her.
I hope she didn't suffer too much.
It seems people addicted to stars die prematurely.
Thanks to Davidt for this post.
I wish he had answered the private post I sent to him when my sister was dying with cancer;he had probably no time to lose with me. I won't forget.
Sorry to hear this... (Score:1)
I always enjoyed reading her concert reviews on morrisseytour.com and of course here -- bar none the most detailed recaps the site has ever seen!
Rest in peace...
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Sorry to hear this... (Score:1)
Always enjoyed her concert reviews on morrisseytour.com and of course here -- bar none the most detailed recaps the site has ever seen!
Rest in peace...
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I am stunned (Score:1)
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Sad News (Score:1)
Condolences to her family and friends.
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My thoughts and prayers-- (Score:1)
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So Sad (Score:1)
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R. A - hello indie
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How? What? (Score:0)
She will be missed... (Score:0)
I'm not sure when I first met her but Coachella 99 comes to mind. She had arranged motel rooms for a ton of us from the list. We'd flown in from across the country and were stacked in the rooms 4 people deep. We had such a great time partying the night before. Meeting all of these people from the list for the first time. Putting a face with a name. It was such a great thing that she did bringing everyone together. I can't thank her enough for that.
I saw her at shows across the world from there on out and looked forward to reading her awesome reviews of shows I'd been at and shows I hadn't attended. Her reviews were always the best.
I remember her snagging an interview with Phantom Planet before the show in Irvine in 2000. I remember she asked them such bizarre questions. I think they were a lot of random questions about Star Trek and sh*t. Absolutely hilarious. The looks on their faces were priceless.
The last time I saw Mel was outside the show in Merriville. I was surprised to see her there. And even more surprised that she came up to talk to me. It was a completely lovely catch-up conversation and I'm glad that was my last memory of her.
a great loss (Score:1)
Everytime I read one of her concert reviews I literally thought 'Wow, who would do this, so thoroughly and with such...care, if she wasn't involved?'
My condolences go to her family, friends, and all of you who had a priviledge of meeting her.
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quite shocked (Score:1)
Condolences to those that knew her. She seemed like a fine person.
This site will not be the same come next tour.
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She Will Be Missed (Score:1)
"I'm not sure when I first met her but Coachella 99 comes to mind. She had arranged motel rooms for a ton of us from the list. We'd flown in from across the country and were stacked in the rooms 4 people deep. We had such a great time partying the night before. Meeting all of these people from the list for the first time."
That was my first time meeting Mel as well (although technically it was a few days before that at the cancelled Vegas show). I flew in from South Africa for my first Morrissey show and Mel went to great lengths to make sure I was included in all the motel booking discussions etc so that I'd have no problems when getting there.
I have great memories of that weekend, as well as all the other times I met Mel when visiting LA.
I still have a photo of her standing on a chair trying to disable a fire alarm which someone had mischievously set off right outside our rooms. She made me promise to not put that pic on the net as disabling a fire alarm was a federal offence! But that was typical Mel, nobody could sleep with the noise, and she took it upon herself to do something about it!
We've kept in touch both on and off the email list, and I last heard from her about a month ago when she emailed to check that I'd received a book that she had posted to me. And of course besides the book, she also slipped in a tshirt from the last tour and some other goodies. That's how I'll remember Mel, always going out of her way to help and assist. I still can't believe that she's not with us anymore... Rest in peace Mel.
Cape Town, South Africa
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Oh dear (Score:0)
Thank you for being you, Mel.
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we've spent so many hours in cars, in queues, on rails, all over the country. i wouldn't even have touched base with you before a show, and it never surprised me to get there and see you, no matter where in the world it was. i was really so glad to have traveled with you last spring across the south for the literal tour of refusal. thank you for almost vandalizing the kids' artwork at locopops. thank you for taking care of morrissey's greatest tits. and thank you for always being so boldly and unequivocally you. the afterlife doesn't know who it's dealing with.
and you too beautiful (Score:1)
it was a pleasure then
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