In Memorium: Art Honeyman

Arthur Honeyman

Arthur Honeyman

From the Oregonian, December 10 2008

Honeyman Battled barriers blocking the disabled

Art Honeyman, 68, author, poet and most recently movie-star subject, died Monday in Seattle. He had been visiting friends.

He was portrayed by British actor Michael Sheen in the movie “Music Within.”

Honeyman, who was born with cerebral palsy, battled to knock down barriers which blocked the disabled from participating fully in life. He had a master’s degree in literature from Portland State University, although he had to fight to get in as an undergrad.

He didn’t start to write until he was in his late 20s. His 1977 children’s book, “Sam and His Cart,” loosely based on his childhood, was made into a movie.

Sam and His Cart

Sam and His Cart

Honeyman lived in the Gresham area near the MAX line, which he traveled frequently to come downtown and visit friends and colleagues at PSU.

“He touched a lot of people’s lives,” said Diana Borquist, a longtime friend. “He’ll tell you: ‘Don’t feel sorry for me, feel sorry for people who can’t accept me.’ ”

Borquist said memorial services are pending.

EXTRA – News: Pushing for Fairness, PSU Magazine, 2008