Mars Today - May 2004

Sad News

We at MarsCon are very sad to report that the rumors are now confirmed. Our guest of honor Richard Biggs unexpectedly passed away this weekend, May 22, 2004, at age 43. Rick was one of the main reasons MarsCon had its largest attendance ever last March, nearly 800 attendees. He was enthusiastic and energetic, a consummate performer, and a great comedian. We are all in deep shock. We loved having the opportunity to get to know him at the convention, and we will miss him. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and close friends.

A special section has been set up on Patricia Tallman's site "The Galactic Gateway" ( for persons wishing to leave a message for Rick's family via the Internet.

In lieu of flowers, donations for the benefit of the sons of Richard James Biggs II may be sent to:

Washington Mutual Bank
840 N. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

Letters about Rick for a special memory box for his sons, RJ and Hunter, can be sent to:

Mrs. Lori Biggs
c/o Patricia Tallman
6433 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Canoga Park, CA 91303

Or, to share Best Wishes, Stories, Memories and Photos with the family please send them to:

R.J. and Hunter Biggs
1052 W Alemeda #350
Burbank, CA 91506
(this is a PO Box set up for the family, by the family)

The family and friends of Richard Biggs thank everyone for the outpouring of support through this very difficult time.

Additional links (as of May 25, 2004)

Richard Biggs website
JMSNews Link:
CNN Obituary:
Galactic Gateway
MarsCon 2004 Richard Biggs bio

Photos of Richard Biggs at MarsCon 2004

Photos above © 2004 Mark Boenish

Photos above © 2004 Ben J. Huset
Click on any photo above for an enlargement

Also see photos by Roxann Patzman, Dave Romm & Larry Sanderson


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