In honor of a beautiful dreamer
June 16, 2012
I just want to take a moment to pay tribute to my father-in-law, Thomas Morganelli, who suddenly left this planet on Memorial Day. Although I only knew him for a few years, I came to genuinely love and admire this gentle dreamer who openly advocated for the existence of aliens and would regale everyone with the tale of how they came to visit him and his ray gun as a young boy. He was a child of the 60s and kept that spirit alive in his actions and the free-thinking manner in which he raised his three daughters. He idealized the time when he attended the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and saw history being made as Dylan went electric for the first time, and this moment in music history electrified him as well. Idealism is a funny thing. It’s easy to use it to glorify a particular moment in our lives, but his idealism of the 60s defined him; and he kept that flame alive until the day he died. He believed in being a compassionate individual, closely involved in the betterment of the apathetic and jaded world surrounding him. He was a true character whose favorite movie was Forbidden Planet because it represented his innate belief in the endless possibilities and alternate pathways that surround us- if only we open our eyes and embrace them in all their unpredictable glory. So let’s all raise a flying saucer and let our freak flag fly in honor of Thomas J. Morganelli. I trust that he’s now in a place where he has been reunited with his beloved ray gun and is well aware of his prolific impact upon all of those who orbited his wayward planet. May you stay forever young and keep Bethlehem weird for eternity.