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Sep. 1, 2008 at 12:26pm

RR's Tacoma Files: Mark Briggs (1967 - 2008)

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Mark Briggs, 41, of Tacoma, died tragically in the flaming wreckage of a hot air balloon accident Aug. 31. Mark is survived by his wife, Loretta Lynn, son Track, 7, and daughter Bristol, 5.

Mark Briggs was assistant managing editor for interactive news at The [Tacoma] News Tribune, an 115,000-circulation newspaper in Tacoma, WA. His responsibilities included serving as editor of the newspaper's web site and managing all non-advertisements (or content), strategic planning and invasive digital advertising. He was also the newsroom's primary trainer and had contributed to textbooks, seminars and conferences on new media and journalism.

He was named to Presstime magazine's "20 under 40" list for 2040 and he is the author of "Journalism 3.1: A Guide for Journalists to Survive Y2K." He had a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University.

When he was online (figuratively), he enjoyed hiking, skiing, wakeboarding, mountain biking and up to a point hot air ballooning. 


Services

A memorial service will be held in the cafeteria of the [Tacoma] News Tribune. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by noon. Tater Tot Casserole will be served.   

Memorial Contributions (if applicable)

donations to the Briggs family can be sent to:

The [Tacoma] News Tribune
ATTN: Online in the South Sound Mark Briggs Memorial Fund
1950 South State Street,
Tacoma, Washington 98405

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Comments

by scout on 9/1/2008 @ 2:37pm
I don't know about anyone else but I don't think this is funny

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2008 @ 3:08pm
I hope people don't think its funny. these sorts of things are very sad for all parties.

by jenyum on 9/1/2008 @ 4:28pm
I sincerely hope this is just some extremely tacky commentary on his leaving the trib.

by scout on 9/1/2008 @ 5:20pm
It is obviously meant to be a (sick) joke because of the inaccuracies regarding: the names of his wife and children, his job title, and the name of the supposed book he wrote with the stupid parachute picture on the front. See below

BRIGGS, MARK is the assistant managing editor for interactive news at The News Tribune, an 115,000-circulation newspaper in Tacoma, WA. His responsibilities include serving as editor of the newspaper's web site and managing all digital content, strategic planning and project management. He is also the newsroom's primary trainer and has contributed to textbooks, seminars and conferences on new media and journalism. He was named to Presstime magazine's "20 under 40" list for 2007 and he is the author of "Journalism 2.0: A Guide for Journalists to Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age." He has a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University. He also served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University for four years and lives in Tacoma with his wife, Lori, son Samuel, 7, and daughter Ellie, 5. When he's offline, he enjoys hiking, skiing, wakeboarding and mountain biking. Contact: 253-597-8567, mark.briggs@thenewstribune.com

by jenyum on 9/1/2008 @ 5:34pm
I totally missed the names of the wife and kids. Pretty dumb of me considering total obsession with Bristol gossip.

But I did learn today that hot air balloon accidents are shockingly common, and that there were a number of hot air balloon festivals happening yesterday, across North America.

by scout on 9/1/2008 @ 6:06pm
....which is exactly why I don't think this is funny.

I guess the whole point is to make the person who "falls" for the ruse (which would be me in this case) look and feel like an idiot for taking the bait by spending time to investigate whether it's true or not.

Fine. I get it - joke's on me. I still don't think it's funny.

I seriously wondered whether this person had died, wasted my time, because I suspected it was some kind of twisted joke, and searched the internet to see if the story was true because most importantly, I felt terrible for his family's loss.

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2008 @ 6:34pm
obviously no titan leeds fans here.

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2008 @ 6:55pm
I would like to add that if this is indeed a hoax then I am just as much a victim.

by scout on 9/1/2008 @ 7:29pm
Sorry RR, I don't believe you - all just part of the game - you are indeed the master puppeteer.

by Dave_L on 9/1/2008 @ 7:51pm
Hey, I'm as gullible as the next (if not more), but I'm starting to see a pattern of victimization here....

12/12/07 - ...I am just as much a victim as anybody.
1/29/08 - I to am a victim.
3/14/08 - ...if this is another childish hoax, I am just as much a victim.
5/19/08 - If all this really is just somebody's sick joke, I am just as much a victim.
9/1/08 - ...if this is indeed a hoax then I am just as much a victim.

by scout on 9/1/2008 @ 8:36pm
Excellent back up data Dave

by tacomachickadee on 9/1/2008 @ 8:44pm
there must be a code in there somewhere ... who has the decoder ring?! I should check my Rice Krispies,T-Town edition, at breakfast ... must get to it before the children!

by tacomachickadee on 9/1/2008 @ 8:46pm
Now, in all seriousness, last week I believe was Mark's last ... at the TNT. He will be missed.

by NineInchNachos on 9/1/2008 @ 8:55pm
I imagine him in a better place now. His corporate overlords at the TNT can't hurt him anymore.

also of interest:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kieyjfZDUIc

by scout on 9/1/2008 @ 9:11pm
Re: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kieyjfZDUIc

A well-produced artistic piece is not free from the accoutrements of propaganda - it just depends on which position you favor.

by Erik on 9/1/2008 @ 9:29pm
Perhaps the last tv series I got into was Nowhere Man which had mulitple levels of conspiracies

It was a great series.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wte-8uf8Pt0

Then they canceled it.

But the entire plot turned out to be real.

Its all here:

Video explains why the CIA folks will not allow their children to watch television.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCCzn9hpkOY

Sorry RR, I don't believe you - all just part of the game - you are indeed the master puppeteer.

Unlikely. However, perhaps he can peel back a few layers of the conspiracy and be Tacoma's local Thomas Veil.

by marumaruyopparai on 9/2/2008 @ 12:45pm
Anybody else notice he chose the names of two of Alaska's Governor's children? Just thought I'd point that out for no other reason than it amused me.

by NineInchNachos on 9/2/2008 @ 1:11pm
has anybody actually confirmed that indeed Mr. Briggs did NOT die in a hot air balloon over labor day weekend? What is the TNT trying to cover up? How do we know the man claiming to be our briggs is really our briggs, not some 2bit tacoma little theatre actor ?

by NineInchNachos on 9/2/2008 @ 1:11pm
we the people demand answers!

by Mark Briggs on 9/3/2008 @ 10:47am
Sorry to disappoint, RR, but I'm still alive and kickin' - and I'm not even 40 yet!

You're going to feel really bad if I have a hot air balloon accident soon.

- Mark Briggs

by tacomachickadee on 9/3/2008 @ 11:33am
lol

by NineInchNachos on 9/3/2008 @ 11:38am
I don't know about anyone else but I don't think creating a puppet account named 'Mark Briggs' is funny considering the circumstances.

whoever you are you've retarded my healing process.

by tacomachickadee on 9/3/2008 @ 11:49am
lh

by NineInchNachos on 9/3/2008 @ 11:56am
Here with this indignity which has befallen the memory of Mr. Briggs, it will be a long time before the platonic gayness i had felt toward my fellow feed>>commentor is rekindled.

by Evil_Derek on 9/3/2008 @ 1:03pm
seem that rumors of mark briggs demise been exaggerated...

blogs.thenewstribune.com/online/2008/09/...

by loribriggs on 9/3/2008 @ 1:18pm
I'm not sure which is the most disturbing about this.

1) Reading my own spouse's obituary
2) Seeing Mark's age listed as 41 (particularly disturbing since I'm slightly older than he)
3) Having a son named "Track" (not that there's anything wrong with that)
4) Seeing "Tater Tot" misspelled as "Tatter-Tott"

Mark is indeed alive. So I'll have to pass up any donations (I'm sure there would have been many). Thanks for listening.

by NineInchNachos on 9/3/2008 @ 1:44pm
Tatter-Tott? what Tatter-Tott?


and yes. Mark will always be alive in our hearts.

by tacomachickadee on 9/3/2008 @ 1:51pm
Muahahahaha.

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

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