Spud Homage

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Spalding Commemorated in Washington Square Park

Thank you to Brian Dube at for use of the photo:

picture of plaque

In Memory of

Note from Webmaster: I think the tree is a white birch(?). Please send me an email if you can take other pics for me. I'd like to start a gallery of pictures from say different angles/close up of plaque. Also I would like a few seeds from the tree...

Spalding Commemorated in Tompkins Square Park

picure of Tompkins Parkpicture of Memorial Paver

Photos © Russ Smith - special thanks to Russ for making the special trip to take these photos.

the self-portrait quoted on Spalding's tombstone:

'Inner-directed, troubled and can-not type'

Shades of Gray by Gaby Wood

Spalding Cemetry

Photo of Cemetery by Fred Saar. Thanks to James Bankston for the research.

grave stone

Spalding Gray
June 5, 1941 -  Jan. 10,2004
Beloved Husband, Father, Husband and Friend
"An American Original, Troubled, Inner-Directed, and Can-Not Type"
SG, 1997

Photo of grave stone copyright by William Demastes from Spalding Gray's America

(all pictures used with permission and strictly copyrighted)

Remembering Spalding

The NYC Memorial, April 13th, 2004

Update - April 27, 2004: I am very excited today, I am posting Day 1 of my diary. Periodic updates will mean more days. Just click on the day, and up comes that day's story. Best to be read out loud. If you like it, tell me, your friends (especially agents and publishers), and consider a donation to the Spalding Gray Memorial Scholarship fund.

The Program

(The holes and wrinkles were caused by a thunderstorm, walking from 51st to 59th after Memorial!)

Spalding Memorial side 1

Spalding Memorial side 2

Update - March 8, 2004: Today they found the body of Spalding Gray in the East River where the Staten Island ferry crosses.

I sent this zencard to his family:

Zen Card

"I guess perhaps you wondered what you would do today. I wondered what i would say. I really have nothing to say except Spalding was a sage crossing the river, and fortunately for many, he left some brilliance behind before crossing over..."

found your body today
now we know you're away
for us you will stay...

In thought with you and your family...


To Russ C. Smith of Chocolate Media, thank you for sharing your poem Finding Gray:

homage poem

Musical artist Bob Egan presents
Spalding's Lament
(note that link back form Maple Music to is down)
on his solo album The Glorious Decline