**5/19 edit: we we've received enough stories now for the 5/22 celebration. Thank you to everyone who submitted a story! You are still welcome to submit stories for the family using the hyperlink below if you'd like, but we won't have time to share any more onstage at the event.
We WILL have plenty of time to continue telling stories over lunch after the 10:00 am event - so keep brainstorming and plan to join us at Lucille's for lunch.
Sam wanted his celebration of life to be lighthearted - happy even - and community focused. (He even specifically said no one should wear black!!) To make this vision come to life, we're going to need your help. YES YOU - even if you might not consider yourself to be in the "inner circle." You can still contribute, and I hope you do. Please read on!
Sam was on the board of directors for a community storytelling event series in Anchorage called Arctic Entries. Similar to This American Life, The Moth, and other storytelling events, Arctic Entries brings Alaskans to a local stage to share their personal stories: funny, sad and sweet. At every performance, seven people each tell a seven-minute long true story about themselves relating to the show’s theme.
Sam told a story on stage back in 2014 before he was on the "storyboard." Later as a storyboard member, he helped develop the mission which became, "building community one story at a time." He came to love the strong community focus, coaching storytellers on their stories beforehand, meeting many new faces around town and of course, hearing the tales of wild and crazy Alaskans living life to the fullest.
A storyteller at heart, Sam and I planned to structure his celebration of life like an Arctic Entries storytelling event. To make this vision come to life we're going to need your help!
Please send your favorite Sam story. Here are the guidelines per the Arctic Entries format:
PLEASE don't be shy about at least submitting stories even if speaking isn't your thing. We'll review the submissions and reach out to ask you if you want to tell one at the celebration of life. But even if you don't want to tell yours, Sam's family and I would absolutely love to have them to read and laugh, cry and ponder how wonderful and silly of a guy Sam was.
The celebration of life will be in Madison, Wisconsin at the Majestic Theater on May 22 at 9 am, so please submit your story by Wednesday, May 17th. Thank you so much in advance - I cannot wait to read your stories.