Andrew Meltzer, musical adviser and resident conductor with the San Francisco Opera, died in 1988 at the age of 40 of complications due to AIDS.
Andy Meltzer was a friend and a political ally. He was a "connie" who rose to become the resident conductor of the San Francisco Opera, debuting in 1974 when he conducted Cavalli's L'Ormindo. He was a rising star.
At age 39 he entered a blind test for AZT, but he was one of the participants given a placebo [see next-to-last paragraph]. He was switched to AZT at age 40, but it was too late. Andy, you should still be with us now. (Submitted by Matt Rinaldi)