Michael Goldstein, 79, passed away at his home in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, N.Y., on May 19. He was the son of the late Saul and Dorothy Goldstein of Shaker Heights and brother of Gerald Goldstein of Orange and Dr. J. Richard Goldstein of New Jersey.
Mike studied opera at Boston University with Sara Caldwell. He moved to New York, where he became a legendary press agent for Broadway shows, including “Hair,” and for rock and roll legends Jimi Hendrix, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin and more groups now enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
He then moved to SoHo and created a newspaper, the SoHo Weekly News, which rose to a weekly circulation of 25,000 readers. The paper was considered “the hippest newspaper in New York,” winning many local and national awards for its crusading style.
Mike’s many interests included building a fabulous rooftop garden, where both weddings and family Thanksgiving celebrations were held.
He was married to his beloved wife, Nancy, for 40 years and has three daughters, Marissa, Jocelyn (Ebin) and Gillien Goldstein, and a new granddaughter, Roxanne.
Mike lived to share joy with his family and friends and celebrated every moment with a wicked grin.
He was a lifelong member of the Screen Actors Guild. Donations can be sent to the Actors Fund, 729 Seventh Ave., 10th Floor, New York City, N.Y. 10019 or to a charity of choice.