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    small.planes
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    Originally posted by Mark Rand View Post

    I was upset that I missed his wake.
    That’s understandable, there was pie and good company.

    Dave

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  • JRouche
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    Originally posted by Mark Rand View Post

    I was upset that I missed his wake. I missed it because I really didn't want to wallow in the ME


    Thanks Mark..... JR

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  • A.K. Boomer
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    3 T's I think I remember that ! he never was afraid to express his opinions and in allot of ways that's what i liked about him because for the most part a really nice guy so it was not like he was being abusive just for the heck of it, most of the time it was a red flag to "listen up" except for the "bridgy thang" ...

    He just got yanked away from us without any warning --- that really did catch me off guard - maybe people local knew more what the score was but I was shocked when he was gone...

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  • Tundra Twin Track
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    Originally posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
    John reminded me of every Brit I've ever worked with. The right amount of wit, sarcasm, brilliance, and arrogance. Knew what they were doing, would give you **** about doing something wrong, but if they deemed you worthy wouldn't hesitate to give you a hand to figure it out. All the while chewing you out with a smile . Sometimes a tough nut to crack, but a valued asset to any shop. Also a good guy to have in your corner.

    I've worked with a few guys like that over the years, and sadly they're all gone now. They leave a lasting good impression for sure.
    When I first posted about my Varnamo drive&brake conversion John gave me rave reviews but when he seen pic of half handle bar brake thing he nearly lost his $hit.I really laughed as he called Richard Kimble setup as it was out of the norm for Metal working Machine,but it’s works fantastic.

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  • Mark Rand
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    Originally posted by awemawson View Post
    I've known John S since all the 'forums' were discussion groups known as 'Newsgroups'. He was a great inspiration to me, extremely helpful, yet down to earth and practical.

    He was a great loss to us all and I was happy that I was able to go to his 'wake' to pay my final respects.
    I was upset that I missed his wake. I missed it because I really didn't want to wallow in the ME thread that obiturised him and where it was announced, so I didn't know about it until Ketan asked me why I wasn't there...

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  • A.K. Boomer
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    Originally posted by Lew Hartswick View Post
    I just hope when I'm gone (and it won't be that many years) I leave a half as good an impression as some of those above mentioned. :-)
    ...lew...
    im kinda half on the fence with that along with people celebrating in the streets that im finally dead and maybe even playing a game of polo with my chopped off head...

    I guess anywhere in-between would be a good place to start, or end, or whatever....

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  • Lew Hartswick
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    I just hope when I'm gone (and it won't be that many years) I leave a half as good an impression as some of those above mentioned. :-)
    ...lew...

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  • Dan Dubeau
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    John reminded me of every Brit I've ever worked with. The right amount of wit, sarcasm, brilliance, and arrogance. Knew what they were doing, would give you **** about doing something wrong, but if they deemed you worthy wouldn't hesitate to give you a hand to figure it out. All the while chewing you out with a smile . Sometimes a tough nut to crack, but a valued asset to any shop. Also a good guy to have in your corner.

    I've worked with a few guys like that over the years, and sadly they're all gone now. They leave a lasting good impression for sure.

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  • Dr. Rob
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    Originally posted by RB211 View Post
    Old Tiffie... Mr. Wickipedia himself.

    Also Thrud, can't forget him.

    Evan too, no idea if he is alive still.

    IbewGypsie, or David.
    I noticed a couple of years ago that Thrud still seems to be with us. *

    And i still owe Stevenson a post and explanation about a new method of gear hobbing; been meaning to get back to him on that for almost twenty years. I will eventually.


    *idunno. Maybe someone at his house still uses his old computer and it logs on automatically? Or maybe some things are better not questioned. Maybe his machines still run sometimes too...
    Dr. Rob
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    Last edited by Dr. Rob; 03-24-2021, 04:06 PM.

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  • bborr01
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    I sometimes think of John when I need to use my Bridgeport. We all know how he loved to hate his Bridgeport....that probably made him more money than any other machine in his shop. He was a character for sure.

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  • plastikosmd
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    Miss all those listed

    IbewGypsie, or David = what a blast, I miss his posts

    is forrest still with us?

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  • A.K. Boomer
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    Originally posted by awemawson View Post
    my sort of woman as she had a lathe in her kitchen !
    That's not one in a million --- I think you could say that for a guy --- but for a Woman that's about one in a billion lol good catch no wonder why he liked her... incredible...

    I do miss that guy - it was always an honor to get a PM from SJ and hear his thoughts about something or what he was thinking of building in his retirement ....

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  • awemawson
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    I've known John S since all the 'forums' were discussion groups known as 'Newsgroups'. He was a great inspiration to me, extremely helpful, yet down to earth and practical.

    He was a great loss to us all and I was happy that I was able to go to his 'wake' to pay my final respects. Many things in my workshop remind me of him on a daily basis.

    Not too long before his death he married Debs, herself an accomplished engineer and plane builder - my sort of woman as she had a lathe in her kitchen !

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  • metalmagpie
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    Originally posted by mklotz View Post
    I remember T-nut well from RCM, also Harold Vardos who is now a moderator on Chaski.

    And then there's the RCM member who I'd most like to forget... Do you remember "Gunner" ?
    Hey! I not only corresponded with Gunner, I went to his house in Taft, California not once but twice. Sure, he is quirky, but he knows a lot and he had a lot of great stuff in his yard. I got a 30kVA 3 phase transformer from him for $30. It took awhile, but eventually I got it home to Seattle and now it powers a small waterjet company on Vashon Island.

    I don't think Gunner was such a bad guy. And I know Harold too. He was an old school machinist who worked on the cruise missile program. Very very knowledgeable about many things especially related to grinding.

    metalmagpie

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  • RB211
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  • RB211
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    Old Tiffie... Mr. Wickipedia himself.

    Also Thrud, can't forget him.

    Evan too, no idea if he is alive still.

    IbewGypsie, or David.

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