In Memoriam: Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy: 1972-2007

Joe Murphy succumbed to leiomyosarcoma on April 1, 2007. The irony of this is not lost on any who knew him and laughed with him.

Joe was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. He was practically weaned on science fiction, watching reruns of the original Star Trek and Lost in Space with his mother.

After high school, Joe went to college and jumped around from studying computer science, to education for the hearing impaired, to finally landing on a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Illinois State University. Three years later, he earned with his Master’s in Audiology from Western Illinois University.

Science fiction and (especially) fantasy have always been a part of Joe’s life, whether in movies, TV, or books. After writing a review of Lisa Lee’s and Tee Morris’ Morevi on the original Dragon Page forum, Michael and Evo made Joe the “official” book reviewer for The Dragon Page Radio Talk Show. Later, after moving to Arizona, he became a frequent contributor to Cover to Cover, Wingin’ It, Slice of SciFi and co-host of Kick-Ass Mystic Ninjas.

He will be missed.

If you’d like to help increase awareness about this cancer, an aggressive strain that’s also resistant to both radiation and chemo treatments, please visit The Cancer Research Institute, a charity dedicated to help in the fight against ALL cancers. If you’d like to donate in Joe’s name, we think Joe would approve.

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