I had a weird feeling when I saw someone’s Facebook post that a cab driver had been killed in Auburn early on Friday morning, July 5, 2013. I was not able to look immediately and follow up my instinct, but when my ex-wife Janice called me to tell me the news, I could not believe what she was saying. The cab driver killed by a driver who blew through the red light at Main Street on Auburn Way, was Brian Love.
Brian walked into SPLAB at 14 S Division in 1997 after hearing our public affairs programs on Sunday early morning radio in Seattle. Intrigued that such a show could come out of Auburn, being a former radio guy and having some time as he was recovering from a nasty auto accident in which an El Camino plowed into his car, he started as a volunteer almost immediately. He did voice overs for our radio show and cleaned up. He helped prepare our first big report to the IRS and digitized MANY records and CDs. He helped with SPLAB events, from the Visiting Poets Series to the Teen Slam, never said a bad word about anyone and always counseled, as the man in the news story above related, always counseled me to “Slow Down!”
Brian was a master story-teller and I remember one specific story he told at the Blue Moon in Auburn, when that venue had a monthly poetry night. It was a story about a cross-eyed prize bull in the Puyallup Fair. He stretched that thing out like a master, knowing how far he could go before delivering the punch line and there were paroxysms of laughter.
Meredith and I looked through what old SPLAB photos we have around here and no luck in finding one. He was that kind of guy, preferring to stay in the background. I went to Auburn tonight, to his hangout, the Rainbow Cafe bar and they had his hat and his drink at his usual spot.