October 24, 2009

Very phildickian

Filed under: philip k. dick — ubikcan @ 10:48 pm

PKD’s grave:

Among the items found at gravesites in Fort Morgan’s Riverside Cemetery have been beer, cigarettes and — sheep?

Toy and stuffed sheep are frequently placed at the tombstone of Philip K. Dick, who was buried at Riverside in spite of his family’s wishes because he wanted to be interred next to his twin sister, who died in Fort Morgan in infancy.

The sheep are a homage to Dick’s story, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” which became the movie “Blade Runner,” Fort Morgan Museum educator Andrew Dunehoo told several groups of area residents during tours of the cemetery Saturday.

Several of Dick’s stories became motion pictures, among them “We Can Dream It For You Wholesale,” which was developed into “Total Recall,” “Minority Report” and “A Scanner Darkly.”

Fans of Dick sometimes leave pens at his graveside, a nod to his writing vocation.



  1. I believe that you are mistaken abut nearly all of this. For one thing, Jane died in Chicago.

    Comment by Tessa Dick — October 25, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

  2. Hi Tessa,

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, but perhaps you have forgotten that they were buried together in Fort Morgan, Colo. For a picture, see here which says it comes from the PKD Trust. Sutin’s biography also says that the site was chosen by Dick’s father in Fort Morgan because they passed through it on the way to Cali (p. 289).
    I just thought it was funny that people were leaving sheep!

    Comment by ubikcan — October 26, 2009 @ 12:09 am

  3. No, I haven’t forgotten. But I did click your link and email that newspaper. I have a copy of the photograph of the grave site. I like the fact that people are leaving sheep there.

    Actually, several of Edgar Dick’s brothers settled in Fort Morgan, so Phil has cousins there, and it is my understanding that their mother bought the family plot there.

    I do not rely upon Mr. Sutin for any info about Phil.

    Comment by Tessa Dick — October 26, 2009 @ 12:22 am

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