I'm a little late on this, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the recent death of Terry Coppage, aka BartCop. Bart died March 5th at the age of 60, from complications of the flu, pneumonia, and leukemia.
Bart was one of the pioneers of the liberal blogosphere, starting out in February 1996 with an email newsletter that was converted to web pages by Marc Perkel. He gave much support to new bloggers, including luminaries like Digby and Atrios. Though I never knew him, I am in his debt as well. The affiliated site, Marty Pflugrath's BartCop Entertainment, was the first to permanently and prominently link to me.
In his final column, Bart requested financial help for his wife to help pay for his medical bills. You can send a PayPal payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you still use checks, you could send a contribution to bartcop.com, PO Box 54466, Tulsa, OK 74155.