Nat in 2003

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On 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 passionately about.

Nat 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.

From 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.

"If 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.

Nat's 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!"

Nat 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 way.

The 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.

We 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...

--Words spoken by Lori Pietrafesa at the funeral of Nat's good friend Anthony in 2003.

"We 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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Nat is third from left, seated with his grandparents, Rose, Sam, and his sister to his right.
CLICK TO ENLARGE - Nat at his nephew David's Bar Mitzvah - April 1, 2002
CLICK TO ENLARGE - Nat at his nephew David's Bar Mitzvah - April 1, 2002

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