Michael Honey's homage to Father Bichsel (Your Voice, 3-9) beautifully recognizes a native son. But though Bix would deny it, he meets Joseph Campbell's definition of a hero: someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Having often walked with Bix for social justice in the past 10 years, I will only add one personal story. In 2007, we were a small march of perhaps 30 calling for the closing of the Northwest Detention Center on the Tacoma Tideflats, a for-profit prison known for human rights abuses.
While on the sidewalk on Pacific Avenue and leading chants with a bullhorn, I was arrested for "violating a noise ordinance." The charges were quickly dropped as not being applicable to free speech activity, but at that moment, it created an emotional crisis.
My then-wife, recently arrived from Latin America, was terrified. While being detained, I called to Bix to take care of her, to which he nodded. There is no one in Tacoma I could have trusted more.Bix touched our hearts, from which he will not pass.