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Steve Alarik
Sean Blackburn

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Steve Alarik, more info


Steve Alarik was the beloved Music Manager of The Coffeehouse Extempore after Sean Blackburn left the post in the 1970's until  the mid 1980's. Steve was a good friend to many people, from those frequenting the Extemp, to staff of coffeehouses and other venues, to those he dealt with through his leather-working, to his friends earned through Sister Kenny, and many others.
5 items to date, in reverse order

5) A sample of Steve's leather tooling: Unfortunately, this beautiful male lion suffered some damage from a roof leak, but he's still a treasure. Lion leather slab measures about 12.5" x 12.5" at its largest points, and is in a roughly vertical-trapezoid shape. Steve was not happy with the results of his efforts on this tooling since the legs and back are a little stiff-looking, but all-in-all, it's an Alarik leathersmithing masterpiece. One day when he was sitting at his worktable contemplating his projects, in frustration with what he saw as his artistic failing he decided to throw the lion away -- and agreed to throw it my way.

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 Note the delicate tooling involving cross-hatching, grooving, texturing.
 

4) from Sister Kenny news Winter 2006:

Steve Alarik tribute imageClick to enlarge


3) from Sister Kenny news 2005:


Hospital's 'Wheelchair Guy' Steve Alarik dies.

Steve Alarik, who contracted polio as a child and used a wheelchair as an adult, worked hard for others who were new to the devices.

Alarik, who repaired wheelchairs at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis for about 20 years, died of an apparent heart attack at his Minneapolis home June 12. He was 57.



2) from Star Tribune:

June 25, 2005
Hospital's "Wheelchair Guy" Steve Alarik dies

 

Steve Alarik, who contracted polio as a child and used a wheelchair as an adult, worked hard for others who were new to the devices.

Alarik, who repaired wheelchairs at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis for about 20 years, died of an apparent heart attack at his Minneapolis home June 12. He was 57.

While his job title required him to properly outfit wheelchairs as required, he did more. He also prescribed the right attitude for the chair's user. "He would tell patients, 'This is a good thing. This is your liberation,' " said his friend and supervisor, John Crist, of Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the Kenny Institute. "He taught me how to be more empathetic with patients.

"Around hospital halls, Alarik was known as "The Wheelchair Guy." He was often seen pushing two empty chairs while wheeling his own. His own chair was a traveling toolbox, and he made repairs and adjustments on the spot, deftly whipping out the right tool from beneath his seat cushion. He was like Inspector Gadget, Crist said. Alarik, whose official title was rehabilitation technician, was responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of chair and parts donations, Crist said. Alarik was known to cajole wheelchair vendors into donating chairs. He told them that once people get used to a brand of chair while in rehabilitation at the hospital, they tend to stick with that brand when they buy their own. Medical staff members listened to his advice when placing an order for a particular type of chair or custom equipment, and in some cases his expertise led to faster healing, Crist said.

Star Tribune | Hospital's 'Wheelchair Guy' Steve Alarik dies.
Ben Cohen, Star Tribune,
June 23, 2005.



1) from Sister Kenny, Fall 2004, before Steve's passing:

image #1 of Steve Alarik Sister Kenny photo and articleClick to enlarge
image #2 of Sister Kenny Steve Alarik photo and article

 

 


 

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