George Levine: Amsterhammer

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George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by vietnammer » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:42 pm

Some (maybe many?) of you will remember Amsterhammer, who hasn't been here since 2006, but was a regular. I got the sad news that he passed away a few hours ago. He had been under treatment for cancer for about the last 18 months. Initially he was 'cleared', then it resurfaced last autumn and he got the word that it wasn't going to go away, having spread to his bones. He was 71.
Stayed in touch with him ever since he left KUMB, occasionally visiting him in Amsterdam, the last time being mid-December by which time he was pretty much housebound.
When we first started talking regularly on SKYPE etc, the first question was (as he was an American born in Vienna) why West Ham?
Got the answer that I've heard many non-natives give: that he was in the UK late 60's into 70's, was 'introduced' in '67 (yes, those players) and was hooked, attending regularly until he relocated to Amsterdam (for luurve) in about '78.
He never actually lived in the US for any length of time, odd since he was so culturally in tune with the place. His father was in the US Army and his mother was Viennese and he grew up initially in a US military base, hence he got auto-citizenship of that country.
more recent years his attention had narrowed mainly to Blues music and US politics.
Anyway, enough already (as he'd say). Maybe you remember him from here. Always up for a debate and he could be spiky at times, including in real life. He is survived by two sons, one in the US and one in the UK.

RIP George Levine, Amsterhammer 1948-2020

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Post by Mega Ron » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:43 pm

RIP buddy.

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Post by S-H » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:43 pm

RIP Hammer.


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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by -DL- » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:45 pm

Sad news. Was before my time, but the username rung a bell as he'd come up in conversation on here.

Seemed like one of the good ones.

RIP George.

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by kev » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:45 pm

Bloody hell he's an original! I've only just come back on after years away but he was always a great addition to the site. Shame. Rip.

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by BondsoBob » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:46 pm

Sad to hear this. I remember his posts.
RIP fellow Hammer.
If only we had a club worthy of the support.

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by HammerMan2004 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:47 pm

There’s a name I remember. Thoughts go out to his family and friends. He was always a nice person to converse with on here. RIP.

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by Ozza » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:47 pm

Sad news I remember him posting.

RIP George x

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by GaryP » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:49 pm

There's a blast from the past.

RIP :crest:

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by Vince » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:50 pm

Sad news.
I've had some private discussions with him aswell. Really lovely bloke.
R.I.P. George

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by Doc H Ball » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:50 pm

Peace mate.


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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by Bill » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:50 pm

Such sad news. I remember him very well. Always wondered why he left kumb. RIP my friend.

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by bitter-iron-ny » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:51 pm

Along with the boss and others here, was part of the old Yahoo Groups mailing list from back in the late 90's iirc.


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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by Los Martillos » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:54 pm

RIP Amsterhammer.
I remember him well - very good contributor back in the day

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by Puff Daddy » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:58 pm

Yes, I do remember him. He was indeed, 'Spiky' ~ I had many a brush with him and he would get a bit personal too, but there was something about him that I always admired, even though he gave me a couple of straight reds when he was a Mod. I had this visual impression of him as a balding man, about 6ft 4" tall, slim build and with glasses. No idea if that's accurate or not, probably not, because people never are as you imagine them, or very seldom anyway. RIP fella - Take it easy

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by Di Wolfio » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:27 pm

Thoroughly decent chap, RIP Amsterhammer

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by smuts » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:33 pm

I remember him.

RIP George. :crest:

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by Turns to Stone » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:36 pm

Really sad news. He was one of the posters that stood out when I first joined the site as a lurker. He was different to most West Ham fans I had ever met and it was his posts that made me appreciate the diversity of this site.

He cold be spiky, but I also remember some incredibly caring posts that he would write. His personality shone out of his posts and I admired him greatly for it. It’s probably him and Hambrosia Stu who are to blame for me writing such endless tripe on here.

Wishing all the best to his family, it sounds like he had a life well lived.

RIP Amsterhammer

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by Derby Hammer » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:43 pm

RIP George.

He was the first KUMBer that I met in person, along with DG and Mokum Hammer. He was a lovely bloke. I spent two consecutive play off finals watching with him in Amsterdam (2003 & 4) - I ended up out there two May bank holiday weekends working at a customer’s sailing jolly. Very sad.

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Re: George Levine: Amsterhammer

Post by Goldie » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:45 pm

RIP - met up with him in the sports bar Amsterdam, (perhaps 10 year ago) whilst out there on a long weekend jolly boys. He did have the reputation of having an edge to him, but I can only speak as I find, he was most hospitable & friendly to myself & friends. I watched the West Ham match with him and his friends, whilst my mates found a screen to watch their respective teams. When the 3pms finished we regrouped at the bar and spent a couple of hours in each other’s company . A thoroughly decent chap . RIP .

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