No, not that Dan Ryan.

A close friend of mine was the victim of a hit and run accident while riding his motorcycle a few weeks ago. Dan Ryan was someone who proved very instrumental in my development as a writer and in my becoming part of a vibrant music scene. he also kept me alive on Bass ale and hamburgers for a year of two when I was broke and living hand to mouth pouring drinks and DJing in a college town.

When Dan moved to Chicago in the mid-90s he made his mark quickly. A reputation as a great teller of stories, a loyal friend and a hard working individual he made sure everyone he came in contact walked away better for the experience.

As is par for the course with people who work in the service industry, Dan can use all the financial support he can get to pay for his hospital bills and they’re holding a fundraiser for him tonight at Gold Star from 9pm until 2am. Stop on by and drop a few dollars for a good cause. When Dan gets better I’m sure all the things he’s seen while in the ICU will make for a great story.

(UPDATE HERE)

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