August 31, 2004 (14 Elul 5764) Nathan "Nat" Broizman
past away at 48 years of age from a cardiac related illness
in Queens, New York. His death was a shock to all of us
who knew and loved him. Nat was a political activist, advocate
for many causes and brilliant thinker. His interests were
medicine, politics and computer science, subjects he felt
was born in New York city to Seymour Broizman and Sue Broizman
(nee Yerushalmi). Nat was stricken with cancer as
a young man, but was able to overcome it. When the doctors
gave him just 6 months to live--he pushed on for another
30 years. Sadly,
after his cancer went into remission, he later developed
cardiac illness, and underwent multiple treatments including
having stents places in the vessels of his heart. Nat was
not only a "patient" but was an active participant
in the world of medical activism. His smartly written commentaries
on medicine and cutting edge scientific discoveries served
to educate his readers; to bring focus on issues and emerging
technologies. A critic of the politically dominated medical
system in the United States, he strove to expose the problem.
an early age his love of electronics advanced him to the
hobby of amateur radio where he excelled. He was one of
the earliest users of the personal computer, and quickly
became an expert in computer hardware. He liked using the
IBM style PC's, but was a devoted fan, critic, and affectionado
of the Apple computer. On the very day he past away, he
had just bought an "antique" Apple computer on
ebay which he had planed to experiment with.
I had a time machine I would go back to an earlier time...My
thoughts remind me of a song with the words, 'Let's go backwards
when forward fails.'" --Nat B.
pithy political discourse made him a sort of a "celebrity"
on the Internet and on talk radio, a medium that he loved.
Many a night Nat could be heard as a caller on the Steve
Malzberg show on 77 WABC or by day on the Rush Limbaugh
Show. His commentaries filled the message boards of
Free Republic, and his "Politically-Incorrect"
discussion list had been around before the television show
of the same name. He desired to see immigration reform,
stem cell research and made no bones about speaking out
about how he felt that this country needed to strengthen
itself against radical Islamic terrorism. He corresponded
regularly with personalities such as Steve Wozniak of Apple
computer fame and Fox News Channel's Cal Thomas, two men
he held in great esteem--one for his political shrewdness,
the other for his knowledge & innovation in the computer
science field. In one of Nat's very last emails he was proud
to see Apple back in the market against the PC. He wrote
"Wow...Apple is starting to compete!"
supported the Constitution and its shining beacon--free
speech. Nat was a staunch supporter of the United States
military, starting with the pride he held for his father,
Seymour Broizman. Nat's father was a U.S. Army photographer
in the 106th Squadron, C Troop. Nat was proud that his father
was one of the photographers who documented the death camps
of Europe, taking pictures of the ovens used to destroy
Jewish bodies--proving the Final Solution was not a lie,
making sure Holocaust revisionists will never get their
story can now be mentioned how back in the early 1990's
Nat skillfully intercepted a telephone call with his radio
equipment of then-Mayor David Dinkins on the phone with
one of his cronies. Nat recorded the telephone call which
was then sent out anonymously to the media exposing David
Dinkins for the less than honest politician he was. Through
his action, Nathan helped to bring truth to the surface,
bring down the Dinkins administration, and help bring in
Rudy Giuliani who then cleaned up New York City. When Rudy
runs (and wins) the presidential election in 2008, Nat will
be smiling down from up above.
cannot judge a biography by its length
We must judge it by the richness of its contents
Sometimes the unfinished ones
Are among the most beautiful of symphonies...
spoken by Lori Pietrafesa at the funeral of Nat's good friend
Anthony in 2003.
had never met, but I highly valued his substantive and pithy
emails and we struck up an email friendship. We had tried
to schedule a breakfast or dinner as I am in New York every
week to tape my shows on Fox, but were unable to do it because
of his health and other concerns. I shall miss his missives
and what I'm sure would have been a fascinating friendship
had we had the chance to meet."
--Cal Thomas, Fox News Channel
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