Micahel Raffety attended Columbia College, Columbia University, where he majored in English literature. He returned to The University of California, Berkely, in 1960, and continued his studies there. A brilliant gifted writer, as well as a lover of music, the visual arts, and cinema, Michael  was comfortable in all these areas. We visited clubs in The Village, where he took me to see John Coltrane and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee perform. But he was just as comfortable with baroque music, buying me a Scarlatti harpsichord album, my first. Hokusai’s sketchbooks, The Manga, Catullus’s poetry (Copley trans.) are among the treasured gifts I recieved from him. His brother-in-law, the painter Hassel Smith, and the filmmaker Rudy Wurlitzer were among his close friends; a book he esteemed immeasurably Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men is in my library in a place of honor, thanks to Michael.  The drawings below are by Susan J. Rosen (aka Koslow).

Michael Raffety