The news today is not kind to bird flu bloggers, posters and readers. Melanie Mattson, veteran blogger and one of the true pioneers in Flublogia, has died. Melanie helped found FluWiki, the first Website that combined information about avian flu with commentary from readers and experts alike. Every flu blogsite and Website owes a debt to Melanie, and all are paying respect to her memory today.
I honor her as well.
In Memoriam - Melanie Mattson by: DemFromCT Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 07:20:17 AM EDT
Melanie Mattson was one of the founding Editors of the Flu Wiki, its initial "public face," the official publisher, and our colleague. More importantly she was our friend. We are grieved to announce her unexpected death.
On her blog, Just a Bump in the Beltway, Melanie was among the first on the internet to understand and write about the significance of reported human cases of avian influenza as a potential harbinger of a pandemic. She joined forces with us to start the Flu Wiki in June 2005 where she was a dedicated and innovative practitioner of a new medium, collective information generation and dissemination. At the time of her death she was engaged in expanding what she learned from her blog and Flu Wiki to a wide range of natural disasters.
Melanie was a wonderful human being, a lovely person and a Grand Lady in every sense of that term. Melanie sometimes used salty language, could be bluntly honest and had an irreverent and earthy sense of humor, so she would no doubt be amused to be referred to as a Grand Lady. But that's what she was and still survives in the affection of those of us fortunate to have known her. She'll be missed.
Melanie (along with Greg Dworkin, Mike Coston and Sharon Sanders of FluTrackers) helped me navigate some treacherous political waters when I began posting on other flusites and when I first started this Blogsite. Her counsel was much appreciated. She will be missed.