A few hours ago I was told our former lighting crew chief, Steve Arch, died on Sunday January 26, 2014.
Steve was certainly a character. Misunderstood by many, he had a way with local crew; at times I couldn’t help but laugh at the crazy stuff he would say. I would marvel, thinking, how does he get away with it? He could take the meanest, toughest locals, and by the end of load-in, have them eating out of his hand.
Brash and loud, like a proper roadie, Steve had worked with a ton of acts, didn’t care what people thought of him, and spoke his mind. He loved working with, and personally adored Leonard. I always had a soft spot for Steve, always got on well with him; toward the end of our working relationship, it was easy to see he was bummed that the production couldn’t take him to Australia and New Zealand.
At this time I’m unaware of the circumstances surrounding Steve’s death, and all of us in UHTC are pretty shocked at the moment. If ever there was a pool, taking bets on who would live to 200, I would have put my money on Steve.
Take care Steve, we miss you already.