Mark Atherton
Also known as Stud Muffin, Son of Big Chief, Mark-O, My Local Amway Distributor(Answer It! Answer It!), Lothar of the Hill People, The Walrus (Coo-Coo-CaChoo), My Little Egg Dude, John Boy (To My Viola), George(To My Martha), Franz (To My Hanz), The Crayon Bandit, Fred Garvin (Male Prostitute), O.C.(To My Stiggs), Farmer Ted, Hal Gurtner (That's Uh Gurnee, Dave) and Cuddly Toy...I have known Mark since early 1987,

ClickHere to read some hilarious poems by Mark and Kelle (the ones Scott didn't puke on)

I'm eating my head! Where's Rover? Where's the Hate Tank (the Love Boat)? Never Eat Green Weenies, If You Keep Eating Your Fingers, You Won't Be Hungry For Dinner,
I Believe in Swordfish, Want Some Taqitos? Stale Tostitos? A 7-11 Brownie? How Bout a Chicken Bisquit (From Under Your Bed)? How Bout Some Pasta Shells(With Shaggy)? Hey You! I Know You! I Know You! Good Morning Egg, Money Grubbing Scum
It's Twice As Much Fun When It's Two Meals In One! Once again Paul, you have crystalized my thoughts eloquently! Dust off your funny bone, it's bite me time There's A Cat On My Head (Homekitty)! Poodle With A Mohawk (They'll Never Call Him Fifi Again!),
Why Should We Buy Postage Stamps, When We Can Make Our Own?

I'm alone, yeah, I don't know if I can face the night
I'm in tears, and the cryin' that I do is for you
I want your love, let's break the walls between us
Don't make it tough, I'll put away my pride
Enough's enough, I've suffered and I've seen the light
You're my angel, come and save me tonight
You're my angel, come and make it all right
You're my angel, come and save me tonight
Don't know what I'm gonna do about this feelin' inside
Yes, it's true, loneliness took me for a ride
Without your love, I'm nothing but a beggar
Without your love, a dog without a bone
What can I do, I'm sleepin' in this bed alone
You're the reason I live
You're the reason I die
You're the reason I give
When I break down and cry
Don't need no reason why
Baby, baby, baby

"Don't You Even Say Aerosmith!"

When I first created this page, it was a dedication to friendship, and in the hopes that I could find Mark, and maybe start our friendship again. I was saddened to find out that could never be the case, as Mark obviously harbors some bad feelings for me. When Scott and I were reunited in 1999, Scott told me of a conversation he and Mark had had. Scott had asked if Mark knew where I was and Mark's response was, "I'm sorry I ever introduced you to her." This remark stung Scott but in typical Scott fashion, he kept it to himself. Scott told me later that he believed that Mark had feelings for me that he had kept hidden, he said that he had more respect for Steve who had enough backbone to tell me of his feelings. I don't know if that was the cause of Mark's bad feelings or if it was something else. I know that his drug abuse took a hard toll on our friendship. The Mark that I considered my best friend at one point in my life, who I spent countless hours on the phone with, I lost when he started using heavily. His behavior, his betrayals, of not only me, but of others in his life, made him someone that I did not recognize.

When I told him of Scott's death, when he called to give me his condolence, he questioned whether Scott had been happy with me, he went against my wishes and called Scott's mother even after I asked him not to, even after I told him of her treachery by stealing Scott's body and read him a letter that Scott had written a week before his death. All of these things, I have forgiven, for I have come to realize that the only person who really knew the situation with Scott, was Roy. He and Scott had become close, and Roy understood the Scott of today. I have forgiven the implication by Mark that I was somehow responsible for Scott's passing. I know that in our youth, we all makes mistakes. I hurt Mark in ways I do not know, and for that I am sorry.

The biggest reason that I have forgiven Mark, is that he introduced me to Scott, the love of my life. I am sorry to everyone that was hurt by this, that my heart is forever with his, and always will be. Without Mark's introduction, I would have been without Scott, so his gift of introducing us is the greatest gift I have ever received. I have been truly blessed in this life, with the most wonderful husband, the greatest father, and the sweetest man. If I die tomorrow, I could say my life was joyful. I know that makes me in the minority in this world. So Mark, I thank you for the most special of gifts. I wish you well.

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