This is Danny Lutge's daughter. I was just contacting you for an update. I (Andrea Lutge) am now 22, Jeff Lutge is 20. I recently had a daughter so Danny is now a grandfather of a beautiful baby girl. She is named after him (Daniella). I also just graduated UC Berkeley and think about my dad all the time. I truly miss him and hope he is proud of my achievements and is looking over Daniella from Heaven.
In big ways, Danny represented the good and bad sides of our way of life. He had traditional messenger virtues like respect for elder messengers (even those with fewer years than him) and a decent sense of humour. He was easygoing without being wishy-washy. He liked to party. Unfortunately, he liked to party too much. Big poisons got the better of him and it was too painful for many of us to see him these last few years. We remembered what he had been and it's hard to understand how such a great messenger traded his God-given natural talents for artificial highs. This is said not in condemnation, but only in question. This question why do so many messengers give up one of the most fun and honorable jobs for tragic magic? looms larger with Danny's passing. Because this guy at an age when most of us are still trying to learn urban cycling did 122 tags in one day. Part of Danny's legacy should be that we ask ourselves why this happens.
Rest in Peace, Brother Danny.
Photo above: Danny on left, courtesy Hiro