Re: RARA-AVIS: Mike Robison, RIP

From: Terrill Lankford (
Date: 12 Jan 2008

Oh my God. I can't believe this. I thought he was just taking a little break from the group back when things were getting so heated for a while there. This is a terrible tragedy.

I actually got to meet miker back in 2000 when he dropped into my bookstore during one of his visits to L.A. He seemed like an extremely nice guy. And went from what seemed to be a casual fan of the genre to an expert witness on everything hard boiled and noir in record time.

rara-avis has lost a great voice. I know it's a cliche to use this line, but he truly will be missed.


-----Original Message-----
>From: foxbrick <>
>Sent: Jan 11, 2008 11:54 PM
>Subject: RARA-AVIS: Mike Robison, RIP
>The post quoted below will be, if I'm not mistaken, Mike Robison's
>last mesage to Rara-Avis.
>Paul Farrell had wondered about MikeR's relative silence over the
>last month or so...inasmuch as Mike joined Rara-Avis five-seven years
>back and within a year, I think it was, was easily the most prolific
>poster on the list, his was an easy presence to miss.
>But fate's a real clown, as you know.
>Paul did an engine search, and turned up a few notices such as this:
>Michael Ray Robison
>Michael Ray Robison, 53, of rural Bloomfield, Indiana, passed away
>Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 from injuries sustained in an automobile
>accident in eastern Greene County.
>Born May 5, 1954 in Indianapolis, he was the son of William Ray and
>Adle Bianca (Felix) Robison.
>He was a dedicated employee at the Crane Naval Surface Warfare
>Center, where he worked as an electronics engineer.
>He was the 2006 winner of the Chocolate Fest in Bloomington. He
>enjoyed collecting coins, boating, scuba diving and rock climbing. He
>helped start the Hoosier Heights rock climbing gym. His most recent
>hobby was working with stained glass. He loved vacationing and
>traveling with his family and friends.
>Survivors include: his wife, Nancy (McMillian) Robison; a daughter
>Amber Robison and fiance' Cory of Bloomfield; step-daughter, Holly
>Gendron of Noblesville; a step-son Tim Gendron of Noblesville; two
>step-grandsons Logan Foster and Dilliam Gendron of Noblesville; and a
>cousin, Phyliss Felix of Indianapolis.
>He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Timothy Lynn
>Sorry, folks. Todd Mason
>--- In, Michael Robison
><miker_zspider@...> wrote:
>> Curt Purcell wrote:
>> No hard feelings, I hope. For myself, I've got about
>> a hundred more pages to go in Block's BONEYARD, and
>> look forward to discussing it here.
>> *************
>> No hard feelings, Curt. And I don't think you were
>> speaking just for yourself, either.
>> I just finished Boneyard a couple weeks back and look
>> forward to your comments. The only other thing I've
>> read by him is The Sacred Ginmill, and I preferred
>> Boneyard. I'm working on Hitman now and I've got Even
>> the Wicked waiting on the sidelines.
>> miker

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