If anyone remembers the journal I posted a few weeks ago when I mentioned the talented people I knew and loved in my life, Michael Sandborn ~msandborn
was one of them. I just received an email from my college saying that Michael had passed away yesterday. He had a sudden, fatal brain aneurysm. This came as a complete shock to me because I had spoken to him just a few days ago.Monday, 2009 January 05 (21:41:18)
[21:47] SANDBORN: thought i'd say hello before i disappeared into the madness
[21:47] SANDBORN: and that i dig that bird fellow!
[21:48] SANDBORN: Disappear now! D:
[21:48] SANDBORN: fear the madness that will be released next week
[21:48] Inkoseh: Aw, thanks! And don't work too hard.
[21:48] SANDBORN: i will
[21:48] SANDBORN: erm uh yes!
That was the last time I spoketo him. The last thing he said to me is ironic and haunting... 'thought i'd say hello before i disappeared into the madness....that will be released next week'
. What the hell! How can someone so precious, happy and enthusiastic just pass so suddenly? I didn't want to believe it. Of all the talented people who should've been successful HE should have been the one.
Life is precious, it's a gift.
Michael appreciated life yet he lost it.
Appreciate what you have, be thankful.
Michael was a well-known and well-loved member of the Cogswell community. He came to Cogswell from DeAnza College, eager to prepare himself for a career as a concept and story artist. As a student, he was hardworking, collaborative, and ever friendly. He also had considerable professional experience, working while going to school on projects at Electronic Arts, Inkworks, Cast Iron Games and other companies. In addition, he was also a key member of the Boeing Company research project at Cogswell.
As an employee and collaborator, he was a well-regarded professional with a sparkling career before him. Michael was active in numerous Cogswell activities. He was a key player in the Game Development Club, providing inventiveness, leadership, support and humor and was an active volunteer for Cogswell at the Game Developers Conference. As a member of the community, he was creative, funny, and steadfast. From my own personal perspective, Michael had the energy, creativity, openness and determination that made him a rising credit to Cogswell and a vital asset to everyone around him.