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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

THT: Studeman: Terrible news

I want to let all of THT’s readers know that one of our most prolific writers and favorite people, John Brattain, just passed away.

Many of us got to know John through the Baseball Think Factory, where his good humor was always on display. John joined the THT writing team more than four years ago, and he further honed his extraordinary wit, humanity and sense of fun every week on our site (and elsewhere). For a while, he even contributed twice a week. He was one of the people who made THT a truly rewarding experience for all of us.

John is survived by a wife and two teenage daughters. As information about his service becomes available, we’ll pass it along.

EDIT: What awful news. John has been a frequent visitor to this site from just about day one. All of us here very much enjoyed his good humor and wisdom. Like many of you, I’m sure, he and I shared quite a few emails and exchanges. He was always a very funny and classy gentleman, even when he disagreed with you. He will certainly be missed. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. As much as we’ll miss him, their loss certainly is a more difficult burden.—Best Regards, Jim


Just some of the bloggers that John touched…

Baseball Loses A Great Writer And Humanity A Great Person (Lisa Gray)

Goodbye Bones (Matthew/Lookout Landing)

Baseball Writer John Brattain Passed Away (Rince/Bluebird Banter)

BDD Loses One of Its Own…Farewell to Our Good Friend John Brattain (Joe Hamrahi)

John Brattain

A Death In The Family (Cliff Corcoran)

A Sad Day for Hardball Times, Baseball Fans

Death in the Blogging Family (David Pinto)

Good night, funnyman (Peter Collodoro)

The World is Less Funny (Dave Cameron)

In Honor of John Brattain (Bill Baer)

Best Regards, John: John Brattain – 1965-2009 (Maury Brown)

RIP John Brattain (Jona Keri)

John Brattain, 1965-2009 (Neil deMause)

BP Family Loses One of Its Own (Baseball Prospectus)

Best Regards (Larry Mahnken)

To John Brattain ... (Neate Sager)

RIP John Brattain (Pat Lackey)

John Brattain, 1965-2009: Best Regards (Rob Iracane)

John Brattain: I considered him a valuable colleague (Rob Neyer)

A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Away. . . (John’s wonderful Designated Hitter bit for The Baseball Analysts)

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   1. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:24 PM (#3113226)
Oh my God. That's just awful. My condolences to John's family.
   2. Toolsy McClutch Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:25 PM (#3113227)
Wow, terrible news indeed and for me, from completely out of left field. Tough on a young family too.
   3. Craig Calcaterra Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:25 PM (#3113229)
This is terrible.
   4. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:25 PM (#3113230)
Dearest sympathies to John's family and friends.
   5. Shredder Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:26 PM (#3113231)
I just saw Burley post this on Facebook. Man, that really sucks. Condolences to his family.
   6. AROM Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:26 PM (#3113233)
Horrible news. I'm typing this in shock, and my hands are shaking. I'm so sorry for his family.
   7. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:26 PM (#3113234)
Terrible, terrible news. I don't know what else to say.
   8. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:27 PM (#3113235)
Horrifying news. My condolences to his family and friends. I never met him but he always came off like a first rate guy in his articles and in his postings here.

RIP
   9. rr Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:27 PM (#3113236)
Brattain actually talked about this once: he said we should all make a joke in his honor if he died and there was a thread here.

I never met the guy, but I actually feel sick.
   10. J. Lowenstein Apathy Club Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:28 PM (#3113238)
John was as friendly and pleasant a person to work with as you can imagine. He was always willing to help. I am distraught by this, it's terrible to have lost someone who took such deep, abiding joy in the bizarreness of life.

He will be missed by thousands.
   11. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:28 PM (#3113239)
Really, horrible. I saw him get name-checked in the Marlins stadium thread, and was waiting for his comments. Awful, awful.
   12. The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:28 PM (#3113240)
Really horrible news, he was always a delight to read, never nasty, just insightful and fun.

Sympathies to his family and friends, and his readers as well.
   13. Kirby Kyle Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:28 PM (#3113241)
My condolences. He will be greatly missed.
   14. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:28 PM (#3113242)
Terrible news. What happened?
   15. flournoy Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:28 PM (#3113243)
Was Brattain the "Best Regards" guy?
   16. Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:28 PM (#3113244)
For whatever reason, I decided to read his A-Wreck article last week. I liked it and decided to email him. I found a four year old email that he sent me and replied to it. He said “Only a guy into history would use an e-mail from four years ago for a message. “ I think that he was only 45 or so. I am saddened by this.
   17. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:29 PM (#3113245)
This is awful. Best wishes wherever you are, John.
   18. RJ in TO Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:29 PM (#3113247)
I never met him in person, but I know that we'll all be worse off for not having him around. From all my interactions with him, he was a wonderful person.
   19. Der-K should've known better than to fly on AA. Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:29 PM (#3113248)
John seemed like a wonderful human being - thoughtful, funny, and gracious. My condolences to those who loved him.
   20. rr Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:29 PM (#3113249)
Was Brattain the "Best Regards" guy?


Yes.
   21. RJ in TO Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:30 PM (#3113250)
Was Brattain the "Best Regards" guy?


Yes, that was John.
   22. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:30 PM (#3113251)
Someone in the dugout mentioned they'd like to see the "Nomar saves two from drowning" thread because it showed John at his best.

Here it is
   23. replacement level Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:30 PM (#3113252)
Best Regards, John
   24. BFFB Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:32 PM (#3113253)
#15 Yes.

Awful news, even though I've never met him and live several timezones away this makes me sad :(

His jokes, joy in the absurd and insight will be sorely missed.

Condolences to his family as well
   25. Joe Bivens, Floundering Pumpkin Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:32 PM (#3113254)
Brattain actually talked about this once: he said we should all make a joke in his honor if he died and there was a thread here.

Fine, I'll give it a try: He's making horrible puns in heaven now. (with apologies to Guapo...)

I never met the man, but from reading him here, knew him to be a gentleman. Condolences to his family and friends.
   26. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:33 PM (#3113255)
All my sympathy and best wishes to John's family and friends. In my contact with him, he was always friendly, generous, and funny. I know he will be truly missed by so many.
   27. Schilling's Sprained Ankiel Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:33 PM (#3113256)
I wish I could make a joke, but I can't seem to come up with one.
My condolences to John's family.
   28. JoeHova Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:33 PM (#3113257)
Oh no...
   29. Jon W Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:33 PM (#3113260)
So sorry to hear this.
   30. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:33 PM (#3113262)
This is terrible news. As others have said: Best Regards, John.
   31. Crashburn Alley Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:34 PM (#3113263)
It's fair to say that John was my mentor. He was probably my first loyal reader at Crashburn Alley and he did a lot to help me out, both in terms of honing my writing and in terms of giving me life advice.

I'm extremely honored to have "known" him and just as extremely disappointed to hear about his passing.
   32. Repoz Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:34 PM (#3113265)
Here was John's note on BDD that I should have posted...

See ya on the other side…

This will be my last post for a little while–I go under the knife for the ol’ ticker at 7:15 AM Monday. Again, thanks for all the notes and well-wishes; once I’m fixed…er, repaired, I’ll be back with a vengeance. I’ve submitted a column for SMSN Sports that will run next week–beyond that it’s wait-and-see. Regardless, I’ve been a busy boy this week and here’s the latest:


No man is a (Coney) island….

Rest in peace my brother.
   33. Justin T drives a crooked hoss Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:34 PM (#3113266)
Really awful news. But, as many here surely know, if there is one guy that would definitely want people to be cheerful and to celebrate him rather than mourn the loss of him, John is that guy.

Canadian health care jokes are in order.
   34. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:35 PM (#3113267)
Someone in the dugout mentioned they'd like to see the "Nomar saves two from drowning" thread because it showed John at his best.

Here it is


Though the "Best regards" gives it away, his most recent handle was "The Bones McCoy of THT", which also heads his posts on that and any other thread. He did get off a few nice lines there; a fitting tribute. Vaya con dios.
   35. winnipegwhip Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:36 PM (#3113268)
My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
   36. galaxieboi Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:36 PM (#3113269)
Oh jeez. This is terrible. BTF won't be the same...

EDIT: that sounds really selfish. my deepest thoughts to his family. thanks for making baseball even more fun, John.
   37. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:37 PM (#3113270)
I guess John really, really didn't want to see the Jays pitching staff this year.
   38. AJMcCringleberry Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:37 PM (#3113271)
This is terrible. I'd make a joke, but I'm not as clever as John.
   39. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:37 PM (#3113272)
Au revoir to one of the bright lights of our little community. BTF is poorer today.
   40. BDC Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:38 PM (#3113273)
Just awful news. One of the most enjoyable hours of my on-line life was getting marooned on a single open thread one afternoon when the rest of Primer crashed. John was there in exceptional form, telling his favorite horrible jokes, which transcended good and bad taste alike. I remember him talking once about his long-term disability (the result of an accident?), which left him in chronic pain. I never met him F2F, but he seemed to me someone who was determined to enjoy every aspect of life as it went by, the pain with the pleasure.
   41. J. Lowenstein Apathy Club Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:38 PM (#3113274)
Canadian health care jokes are in order.

I just want David Samson questioned as to whether he has an alibi.
   42. Esoteric Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:38 PM (#3113275)
My god. What a terrible, terrible loss.

I'm heartbroken. Was this sudden? Was he ill?
   43. Dan Szymborski Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:39 PM (#3113276)
That's absolutely terrible news. John would probably want us cracking jokes, but my heart just wouldn't be in it. You'll be missed, John.
   44. Shredder Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:40 PM (#3113277)
He always struck me as the type of guy that I personally never found all that funny, but I always really appreciated his attempts at humor, if that makes sense. I laughed more at the fact that he was trying to make people laugh than at the jokes themselves. Lighthearted guys like that are good guys to have around. I'm sure we'll all miss him a lot.
   45. AndrewJ Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:41 PM (#3113278)
I can't begin to fathom what his family's going through. My deepest condolences.
   46. SouthSideRyan Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:41 PM (#3113279)
This is terrible news. Condolences to the Brattains
   47. The Original SJ Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:42 PM (#3113280)
I can only add my condolences, and say that I greatly enjoyed his work here. This is very sad.
   48. Flynn Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:42 PM (#3113281)
This is a sad day for gingers, Expos fans, and people who have taken crazy pictures of themselves falling off a canoe.
   49. Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:43 PM (#3113284)
In the Lounge I said that John was like the William Jennings Bryan of this place; if Bryan had a sense of humor. He was pretty devout and he was on the player's side when it came to labour issues.
   50. Russ Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:43 PM (#3113285)
I just want David Samson questioned as to whether he has an alibi.


John is laughing and typing a witty reply from somewhere nice right now... probably something about how Samson wouldn't have been tall enough to see over the operating table.

He was a top rate poster and a true gentlemen. This is really, really sad. My heart goes out to his family...
   51. Maury Brown Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:43 PM (#3113286)
Oh, no... <lost for words>

As a man who believed greatly in God (he sent me numerous passages from scripture during his battle), I hope that he is well in Heaven. He was a great friend, and one of the funniest guys I've ever met. Called me the "Hell's Angel" due to the goatee, which always got a laugh.

John, say hello to Pappas for me. Horrible, horrible day.

Best regards,

The Hells Angel
   52. Famous Original Joe C Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:43 PM (#3113287)
Oh wow. Terrible news.

I suppose I can share my one Brattain story. Maybe 5 years ago, there was a thread, I forget the original topic, that ended up in a semi-spirited discussion of religion, and more specifically, belief in/existence of a higher power. John and I (among others) were having a pretty good conversation, but as the thread petered out I reached out to John and asked if he wanted to continue the conversation via e-mail (as John and I were generally in disagreement throughout the thread).

His response was about a twelve page e-mail that was super smart, very funny, very thoughtful, all without a hint of pretense or confrontation. We e-mailed a few more times after that on the topic, his e-mails always dwarfing mine in scope and depth.

Sad day. Condolences to his family and those of you who knew him personally.
   53. Athletic Supporter was shiny, now he's all rusted Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:43 PM (#3113288)
A-ROD: BRATTAIN WAS A JERK

John, I tried, but like 38 and 43 note, it's difficult. RIP.
   54. Craig Calcaterra Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:44 PM (#3113289)
I heard his last words were "That's it: either Ricciardi goes, or I go!"

Sorry, I'm not very good at this. If I died, JB's jokes would be ten times funnier.
   55. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:44 PM (#3113290)
Wow, awful news.

Didn't know him, but he always brought warmth and cheer to every thread he visited.

RIP, John.
   56. Shredder Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:45 PM (#3113291)
John, say hello to Pappas for me. Horrible, horrible day.
That's one of the first things I thought of as well.
   57. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:46 PM (#3113293)
Robin just e-mailed me the news. Simply unbelievable. Wasn't his last post just yesterday? I always thought that if any primate would live to 100 it would have been John. What a terrible loss to everyone, and my condolences go out both to his family and to all the rest of us who are going to miss him more than he ever would have known (or at least admitted). RIP Mr. Man of A Thousand Handles.
   58. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:46 PM (#3113294)
Googling Bones McCoy of THT and primey and came up with this.

Can anyone find the Top Ten list this refers to.
   59. galaxieboi Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:46 PM (#3113295)
Matt Wieters is sad.
   60. chemdoc Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:47 PM (#3113296)
A good man died today. I look forward to seeing him on the other side.
   61. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:48 PM (#3113298)
Wow. I'm practically speechless. This unbelievably bad news.

We were the same age. Way too young to go, especially with a family.

Wish I could make a Brattainian joke in honor of him, but words fail me.

RIP.
   62. Traderdave Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:48 PM (#3113300)
Did he not just post here in the last day or two?

I'm stunned , this is out of nowhere. He looks 40something in his photo, how old was he? Does anyone know what it was that took him?

And open note to Furtado: can you set up a Paypal thing so we can all send something along to his family?
   63. MSI Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:49 PM (#3113301)
I'm very very sorry to hear of Jon's passing. May he rest in peace and condolences to his family. He was one of the top Jays fans too.
   64. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:49 PM (#3113302)
Wow. I feel like I did when reading about Doug Pappas. Not good. I never met either one in person but felt like I knew them closely. I already miss John.
   65. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:49 PM (#3113303)
That's one of the first things I thought of as well.


Same here. Just as shocking, too.
   66. Cooper Nielson Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:50 PM (#3113304)
OMG, I never met the guy but he was one of my favorite posters on the site. And even if he would have liked it, this is impossible to joke about right now. Wow, terrible, terrible news.
   67. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:50 PM (#3113305)
Wasn't his last post just yesterday?


Yeah, I could've sworn I read a post of his just yesterday. Maybe he penned it Sunday.

My condolences to his family.
   68. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:51 PM (#3113306)
Wasn't his last post just yesterday?

According to his member page, his last post was late Sunday afternoon and his last visit was early Monday morning.
   69. Craig Calcaterra Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:51 PM (#3113307)
I'm stunned , this is out of nowhere. He looks 40something in his photo, how old was he? Does anyone know what it was that took him?


He was going in for heart surgery which, based on his comments about it, seemed like corrective stuff (not that there is any minor heart surgery). According to his brother there were complications.

Edit: and he was 44.
   70. Maury Brown Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:51 PM (#3113308)
If I didn't know any better, the timing of John's death and the passage of the Marlins Stadium funding are somehow tied together. David Samson has lost his greatest foil. Who will take up the banner of short Samson jokes?
   71. VK_Ratliff Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:51 PM (#3113309)
Very sad.

Always a smart, snappy read and seemed like the kind of guy who'd be great fun to be around. Makes me want to go back and read all his stuff.
   72. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:52 PM (#3113311)
:-(
   73. Paul M Hates Krispy Kreme Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:52 PM (#3113312)
Don't have a joke or a good story; I've been reading Primer/BTF for a long time, and I just have to express my condolences to his family and friends. Always made me laugh, and was one of the posters I most looked forward to seeing in a thread. He'll be missed here.
   74. AndrewJ Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:52 PM (#3113313)
He was only three years older than me. Very unsettling to say the least.
   75. Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:52 PM (#3113314)
Trader Dave, he was having some heart problems and had to get heart surgery. Not sure if it was angioplasty or a bypass, but he mentioned it at BDD.
   76. Mike Green Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:52 PM (#3113315)
Shocking news. John had a healthy dose of insight hidden behind all that mirth. My condolences to his family.
   77. Athletic Supporter was shiny, now he's all rusted Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:54 PM (#3113316)
And open note to Furtado: can you set up a Paypal thing so we can all send something along to his family?

Reposted for emphasis.
   78. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:54 PM (#3113318)
This site just got slightly less fun.
   79. Guts Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:54 PM (#3113319)
Best Regards, John.
   80. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:55 PM (#3113320)
Wow. I feel like I did when reading about Doug Pappas. Not good. I never met either one in person but felt like I knew them closely. I already miss John.


I met Doug in person at a pizza feed here in NYC, and he was as gracious and friendly a person as you'll ever meet.

John was the same way here, and I'm sure in person as well.

I already feel bad about being critical of a Manny Ramirez column he penned back in August. He responded to all my comments in good cheer.
   81. Kevin Sweet Child Romine (aco) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:55 PM (#3113321)
What terribly sad news. I'm on BTF much less now than I was in the past, but I've always kept the habit of scanning for John's posts, as they always, always made me smile. Condolences to his family; RIP; and, as ever, best regards.
   82. fret Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:56 PM (#3113324)
What awful news. A real punch in the gut.

My condolences to his friends and family.

I'm still waiting for this to sink in. It happened so suddenly.

RIP.
   83. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:56 PM (#3113325)
Thanks for all your work and humour, John.
   84. WillYoung Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:57 PM (#3113326)

He was going in for heart surgery which, based on his comments about it, seemed like corrective stuff (not that there is any minor heart surgery). According to his brother there were complications.


If it had been David Samson in there, the surgery would have had even more complications as the doctors would have spent hours searching for his heart.

/sorry John, I did my best for you and will always remember the Nomar thread
   85. Gambling Rent Czar Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:57 PM (#3113327)
holy ####!
   86. Khrushin it bro Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:57 PM (#3113328)
No need to worry, I sent him right on through.

Best Regards,

St. Peter
   87. sardonic Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:57 PM (#3113329)
Always a smart, snappy read and seemed like the kind of guy who'd be great fun to be around. Makes me want to go back and read all his stuff.


I can't account for his other writing, but there's an archive of his Hardball Times articles here.
   88. tfbg9 Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:58 PM (#3113330)
He was a kind a decent man, that was obvious, although I did not know him at all.
RIP John. I will say a prayer for your family and friends.
   89. Traderdave Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:58 PM (#3113331)
It says a great deal about him that a bunch of people who never met him IRL are genuinely saddedned. His most gentle & lovable sould always came out in his ether net posts.
   90. Esoteric Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:58 PM (#3113332)
I'm still gobsmacked by this. I hate not having the right words -- or any words past "man this sucks" -- to say in a situation like this. All I can do is sit here with a benumbed sadness.

Although I laughed at #53. Good job on that one.
   91. Yardape Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:59 PM (#3113334)
I first "knew" John as the joke guy, but as I started reading his stuff on THT I realised he had a lot of great insight as well. I've never met anyone from BTF in person, but it seemed like John would have been a great person to watch a game with.
   92. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: March 24, 2009 at 08:59 PM (#3113335)
Aw, nuts.
My thoughts go out to his family.
And to us.
   93. xbhaskarx Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:02 PM (#3113336)
Whoa, I recognized the name from THT, but I didn't realize he was the best regards guy.
Whenever I read a thread here I hope to see a joke from him. Very sad news.
   94. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:03 PM (#3113339)
Man, this sucks. I'm at a loss for words. Horrible news. I haven't been posting here all that long, but I was a long-time lurker and a regular reader of John's stuff on other sites. The world just got a little colder and darker.
   95. RickG Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:03 PM (#3113340)
I don't post here much anymore, but I had to for this.

John, have a catch with St. Peter. You earned it, buddy. We didn't know each other, but thanks for helping grow and nurture my interest in baseball.

As someone else said...Best Regards, John.
   96. HCO Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:04 PM (#3113341)
My favorite Brattain joke that I remember was "Dyslexic Onan treated dirt like women."

He was truly one of Primer's finest.
   97. CW, Super-Nerd Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:06 PM (#3113342)
I have nothing really to add of value here.

This sucks. Condolances to his family.
   98. Cabbage Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:06 PM (#3113345)
Never met John, always read what he posted. I'll miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

On a side note: Because of him, I signed all my e-mails "Regards" for a couple of years -- not all of us can pull of a "Best Regards", but I liked how it worked for John and I had to try it out.
   99. HCO Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:07 PM (#3113347)
Going through the Garciaparra thread doing a Find Next on "Bones McCoy" is comedy gold. What a great tribute.
   100. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:07 PM (#3113348)
Ugh. That's all I can say right now, ugh.

There aren't many (any?) posters here who were as consistently entertaining, thought-provoking, and just plain fun as John. This is horrible, horrible news. I've tried to type more, but I'm incoherent. The only thing I can really say is how much I (and BTF) will miss him.

Best regards, John. Best regards.
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