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Author Topic:   cS member Mike "Mike Z" Zolotorow (1954-2013)
Robert Pearlman
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Long-time collectSPACE member Michael "Mike Z" Zolotorow has died. He was 59.

Mike's son Craig wrote on Facebook:

It is with great sadness that I tell you my father Michael Gary "Z-MAN" Zolotorow has passed away. He struggled for the past 8 years with a very weak heart. He will be greatly missed by all he touched.

Above: Mike Zolotorow with his wife Phyllis and son Craig in 2009.

The following is excerpted from a description Mike wrote in 2006:
I have collected space memorabilia since the 1960s. We lived 15 minutes from Lion Brothers and a lady who worked there brought us Apollo patches before each mission. We lived in back of a man who worked for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He too was always giving me things. I was hooked!! There are some astronauts who have been very good to me and my son.
Mike was very proud (and rightfully so) of his three decades managing equipment for professional sports teams, including the Baltimore Banners of World Team Tennis, the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, the Baltimore Blast soccer team and the Baltimore Bayrunners minor league basketball team.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

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Mike must have been our biggest fan and I will miss his friendship. My thoughts are with Phyllis and Craig.

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RIP Mike.

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Just got word that Mike is no longer with us as we have known each other for decades in sharing our enthusiasm and passion for space exploration and memorabilia collecting.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Phyllis and Craig during this difficult time. I know Mike was well-liked and loved by many within the aerospace community on many levels, myself certainly included.

He will be missed greatly and I am so glad that we were able to email each other not too long ago.

Rest-In-Forever Peace, good buddy, in the loving hands of our Savior as you enter into the everlasting ultimate "Space" kingdom, high above us all.

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Mike has been a friend for years. He was one of the first to email me after my heart attack last June. He offered good advice based on his own heart issues. But more than that, Mike was a true friend to our cS community and to our space program. In our many email exchanges over the years, we shared our joy of having lived to see our first explorations off the planet.

Mike dear friend, you will be missed. Phyllis, Craig and the rest of your family and friends are in my prayers. I hope you are finally able to see the wonders of Gods universe. Godspeed buddy.

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Always sad to lose a member of the cS family. Thoughts are with the family.

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I just got a Christmas card from Mike yesterday.

I am at a loss for words. He was a wonderful friend. I always enjoyed talking space and baseball with him. It was through collectSPACE that we met. Mike was a good and kind man. I will miss him.

I will keep Mike and his family in my prayers.

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While I didn't know Mike, it is always sad to lose anyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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Mike, I know you are now in a better place. You were a friend for decades and as this Christmas Card I received yesterday shows, you were truly first class.

I just spoke by phone to Mike's son Craig and he asked that instead of sending flowers that anyone who cares to make a donation on behalf of Mike to make that donation in the Kidney Foundation

Craig and his Mom are obviously in shock but as Craig said "I need to be strong for my Dad's sake".

God Speed Mike and my prayers are with you and your family. A very sad day. Your friend always. — Richard Stonely

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. RIP fellow cS member.

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RIP Mike, always appreciated your contributions to our cS community. — Adam

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We are such a small community. Sad to hear of the loss of one of our own.

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Our hobby has lost one of its best. Mike didn't have the world's best collection but few cared more about collecting and the space program than Mike.

But fate wasn't kind to Mike, as for some ten years his health was in decline, with serious heart problems that caused him to be in need of a heart transplant. But his many health problems and medical crises didn't prevent him from being a pleasant and kind friend to many. He will be remembered by many as a nice and considerate person, who bravely endured far more problems than he and his family deserved. He was someone to admire and to remember fondly - I certainly will.

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Very sobering news, particularly for another 59-year-old. My thoughts are with Mike's family, may they remember the good times.

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