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Title: Passing of Jim Cobb??!!??
Post by: Cyrano on February 13, 2018, 09:12:59 AM
Cruising around the Facebook and I discover that he and his wife both passed?

Mind officially blown.

Fellow cheesehead at that...

R.I.P.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 13, 2018, 09:16:34 AM
holy shit
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Post by: Barthheart on February 13, 2018, 09:17:32 AM
WHAT?!? When how?  :o
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Post by: Jarhead0331 on February 13, 2018, 09:17:42 AM
WHAT!?!?!  :'(
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 13, 2018, 09:20:15 AM
Holy Crap...you gotta be kidding!  :o
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Post by: WargamerJoe on February 13, 2018, 09:23:05 AM
I was really dreading hearing this news.

James randomly stopped returning our emails at the beginning of January, and I didn't have any other way of getting in touch.

He will be sorely missed.
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Post by: Cyrano on February 13, 2018, 09:23:29 AM
Per Facebook, the circumstances are most bizarre.  I will not speculate, but his sister-in-law posted of his passing January 18.

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Post by: bbmike on February 13, 2018, 09:24:39 AM
Terrible news.  :'(
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Post by: Geezer on February 13, 2018, 09:25:14 AM
That's a shame.  He always struck me as a class act.
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Post by: mirth on February 13, 2018, 09:37:07 AM
Damn. Very sad news. RIP, Jim.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 13, 2018, 09:38:59 AM
https://www.facebook.com/james.cobb.5494/posts/10215685266346282

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Post by: Steelgrave on February 13, 2018, 09:44:02 AM
What awful news. RIP Jim.
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Post by: Pocus on February 13, 2018, 09:46:22 AM
Sad too.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 13, 2018, 09:46:34 AM
Some of his articles for us here

http://grogheads.com/tag/cobb
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Post by: airboy on February 13, 2018, 09:55:49 AM
One of the best wargame reviewers of all time.

May God have mercy on his soul.
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Post by: Ian C on February 13, 2018, 10:01:58 AM
My condolences to all who knew Jim, God bless him.
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Post by: Pete Dero on February 13, 2018, 10:09:08 AM
One of the best wargame reviewers of all time.
+1


My condolences to his family and friends.
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Post by: WallysWorld on February 13, 2018, 10:20:18 AM
Very sad. I enjoyed his reviews.

My sympathies to the family for losing both.
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Post by: mirth on February 13, 2018, 10:22:26 AM
One of the best wargame reviewers of all time.
+1

+2
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Post by: CJReich46 on February 13, 2018, 11:10:00 AM
 :'( Bismarck?!

Oh no.
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Post by: Gusington on February 13, 2018, 11:23:03 AM
RIP
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Post by: OJsDad on February 13, 2018, 11:33:24 AM
RIP Jim and Angela
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Post by: Greybriar on February 13, 2018, 11:51:16 AM
Terrible news! Rest in peace, Jim. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Angela. Hopefully she will recover.
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Post by: Sir Slash on February 13, 2018, 12:17:25 PM
Agree totally with the above. Prayers for the family. Tragic.
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Post by: Tpek on February 13, 2018, 12:23:01 PM
RIP  :'(
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Post by: JasonPratt on February 13, 2018, 12:27:45 PM
One of the best wargame reviewers of all time.

May God have mercy on his soul.

+ also.
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Post by: Shelldrake on February 13, 2018, 12:37:25 PM
Terrible and tragic news. I always enjoyed Jim's reviews. RIP.  :'(
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Post by: bbmike on February 13, 2018, 01:13:18 PM
Wow, I'm confused. Did Jim's wife also pass away?  :(
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Post by: WallysWorld on February 13, 2018, 01:19:29 PM
Wow, I'm confused. Did Jim's wife also pass away?  :(
Unfortunately it appears so. Look at the last post in the Facebook screenshot in Reply #10 in this thread.
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Post by: Oche on February 13, 2018, 01:31:25 PM
RIP
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Post by: Zulu1966 on February 13, 2018, 03:38:14 PM
Jesus. Sorry to hear that. RIP Jim always read your stuff.
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Post by: MetalDog on February 13, 2018, 04:44:57 PM
RIP Mr. & Mrs. Cobb
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Post by: Staggerwing on February 13, 2018, 05:24:04 PM
Goodbye Jim.
May you and Angela soar far and free now that the terrible burdens life placed upon you have fallen away.
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Post by: SirAndrewD on February 13, 2018, 05:29:22 PM
This is really sad news.  I loved his reviews all the way back from the days of Computer Gaming World. 
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Post by: Steelgrave on February 13, 2018, 06:15:21 PM
This is really sad news.  I loved his reviews all the way back from the days of Computer Gaming World.

Me too. The first time I talked to Jim online it felt like meeting a gaming celebrity, where you say stuff like "I've read all your reviews". He will be missed.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 13, 2018, 06:27:46 PM
I heard back from their kids after pointing them to this thread

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Thanks so much for sharing. We're all heartbroken

Please let the grogheads know Jim & Angie's passing was caused by the flu.
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Post by: Gusington on February 13, 2018, 06:30:36 PM
The flu!! Man. 10-12 years ago Cobb gave me some really great advice on writing/reviewing and was very welcoming when I joined the staff at Wargamer. I will always remember him fondly.
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Post by: Steelgrave on February 13, 2018, 06:37:20 PM
The flu.....man, you hear about what a bad flu season it has been but this makes it hit home. God bless their kids and loved ones, this has to be so hard....
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Post by: OJsDad on February 13, 2018, 08:31:54 PM
Does anyone here know how old they were. 
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Post by: Jarhead0331 on February 13, 2018, 08:52:37 PM
Does anyone here know how old they were.

I think Jim was in his late 60s.
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Post by: Kushan on February 13, 2018, 11:17:53 PM
RIP Jim, you will be missed.
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Post by: SirAndrewD on February 14, 2018, 01:30:45 AM
This is really sad news.  I loved his reviews all the way back from the days of Computer Gaming World.

Me too. The first time I talked to Jim online it felt like meeting a gaming celebrity, where you say stuff like "I've read all your reviews". He will be missed.

I used to send him e-mails, him and Bill Trotter, back in the old days.  And they both would always respond to me.  Me asking about silly things like Strategic WWII games one day coming out, or if someone would make a good operational level game. 

The guy never once flinched from talking to an eager, weird pimple faced weirdo like me in 1998.

Feels weird in this world where everything is closer together, where my wife is a well paid reviewer under a pseudonym.   Feels very weird.  I'm sorry he's gone.
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Post by: MikeGER on February 14, 2018, 01:42:08 AM
RIP Bismark (Jim)  ...so i remember him from my first days as still a shy (language barrier) lurker over at Wargamer
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Post by: Surtur on February 14, 2018, 02:38:02 AM
Really sad to read this news. Rest in peace.
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Post by: Tuna on February 14, 2018, 04:20:22 AM
RIP, hopefully they weren't one of the people that couldn't afford the medicine. This round seems to be taking a lot of people!
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Post by: Destraex on February 14, 2018, 04:33:47 AM
I did not know him. But I certainly knew his name and respected it.
RIP both.
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Post by: MIGMaster on February 14, 2018, 04:50:09 AM
I have to say it really took me by surprise. I always got a kick outta Jim - sent him a couple of games on one occasion and he was a grateful and witty guy. I noticed in the Facebook posting that he and his wife were born 4 days apart and died 4 days apart.

Great guy and he will be missed!
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Post by: Michael Dorosh on February 14, 2018, 05:50:30 AM
Does anyone here know how old they were.

I believe 67.
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Post by: Tuna on February 14, 2018, 09:22:19 AM
Does anyone here know how old they were.

I believe 67.

That's too young, my Dad passed at 67, didn't even get to enjoy retirement.
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Post by: Phantom on February 14, 2018, 12:47:16 PM
I was surprised & sorry to hear this news. I always read his reviews and usually found if Jim liked the game, I'd like the game.
He'll be missed by the community.
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Post by: Bison on February 14, 2018, 01:09:04 PM
RIP Bismarck.
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Post by: bob48 on February 14, 2018, 01:21:22 PM
RIP
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Post by: FlickJax on February 14, 2018, 02:13:42 PM
really sad news :(
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Post by: Slick Wilhelm on February 14, 2018, 04:48:52 PM
How terrible. I'm very sorry to hear of Jim and Angela's death.  :'(
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Post by: Arctic Blast on February 14, 2018, 07:59:53 PM
RIP.  :'(
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Post by: jamus34 on February 16, 2018, 04:20:29 AM
RIP Mr and Mrs Cobb.
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Post by: Rybon66 on February 16, 2018, 08:14:00 AM
Man part of my childhood just passed.  I can't tell you how important Computer Gaming World was to a city kid moves to the middle of no where Nebraska.  Always loved reading his articles.  Rest in Peace Jim.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 16, 2018, 09:02:05 AM
Memoriam on the Mythical Front Page
http://grogheads.com/news/17409
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Post by: mirth on February 16, 2018, 09:03:21 AM
Nicely done.
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Post by: bboyer66 on February 16, 2018, 09:04:48 AM
Very sad

RIP
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Post by: airboy on February 16, 2018, 09:09:25 AM
Memoriam on the Mythical Front Page
http://grogheads.com/news/17409

That was a good thing to do.
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Post by: Jarhead0331 on February 16, 2018, 09:27:01 AM
Memoriam on the Mythical Front Page
http://grogheads.com/news/17409

That was a good thing to do.

+1. Well done Brant.
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Post by: Sir Slash on February 16, 2018, 09:58:57 AM
Touching write-up for a guy who well deserved it. We often never realize the giants among us until they're gone.
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Post by: OJsDad on February 16, 2018, 10:08:33 AM
Very well done Brant.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 16, 2018, 10:16:48 AM
^ +1, an excellent tribute.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 16, 2018, 10:21:32 AM
thx guys - he's a tough man to encapsulate, and I didn't just want a traditional obituary
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Post by: Tuna on February 16, 2018, 10:29:39 AM
Nice job!
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Post by: bob48 on February 16, 2018, 11:54:10 AM
^+100
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Post by: CJReich46 on February 16, 2018, 11:59:49 AM
Nice job. :)
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Post by: Greybriar on February 16, 2018, 12:28:48 PM
Memoriam on the Mythical Front Page
http://grogheads.com/news/17409

That was a good thing to do.

+1. Well done Brant.

+1 Nicely done. O0
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Post by: Vintage Dude on February 16, 2018, 02:57:32 PM
That was a wonderful tribute to a great person. That's the first time that I ever read anything on the front page.
RIP
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Post by: bbmike on February 17, 2018, 07:09:39 AM
Memoriam on the Mythical Front Page
http://grogheads.com/news/17409

That was a good thing to do.

+1. Well done Brant.

+1 Nicely done. O0

Agreed.  O0
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Post by: joram on February 17, 2018, 10:50:57 AM
Very sad news indeed.  RIP Dr and Mrs Cobb.
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Post by: southern_cross_116 on February 17, 2018, 04:51:05 PM
Thanks for posting that Brant, I thought I knew Jim from Armchair General.  I was really looking forward to his write up on some projects going - mainly because his feedback was concise but also detailed.

I know a lot of guys who knew Jim in real life, although unfortunately I never had that opportunity. 

It is a big loss for wargaming; although I am sure it is far bigger for their families.
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Post by: Al on February 17, 2018, 05:31:18 PM
Nicely written.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 17, 2018, 06:06:36 PM
thx
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Post by: Steelgrave on February 17, 2018, 06:22:34 PM
Brant, I've been out of town for a couple of days and only now got to read this. Very well done, my friend.
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Post by: GroggyGrognard on February 17, 2018, 06:45:22 PM
Poignant article, Brant.

Sad news of Cobb's passing. Like most people in the public eye that we admire and respect, he was immortal in our mind.



Groggy
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Post by: FarAway Sooner on February 18, 2018, 09:38:39 AM
Well done, Brant.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 18, 2018, 11:15:59 AM
Well done, Brant.
thx :)
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Post by: Anguille on February 18, 2018, 02:49:25 PM
RIP. Such sad news...
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Post by: Cyrano on February 19, 2018, 03:02:08 PM
Obit:

http://www.cremationsociety-wi.com/obituary/James-Dennis-Cobb/Madison-WI/1781618

Makes me feel a bit worse that we were so close geographically and I never met him.

And I doubt he would have liked "Pickelhaube" being translated as "spike".

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Post by: Steelgrave on February 19, 2018, 03:44:08 PM
Thank you for posting that, Cyrano.
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Post by: mirth on February 19, 2018, 03:45:09 PM
Thank you for posting that, Cyrano.

+1 Thanks
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Post by: Staggerwing on February 19, 2018, 05:08:37 PM
Yes, thank you.
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Post by: MetalDog on February 19, 2018, 05:20:46 PM
Thank you for posting, Cyrano.
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Post by: Uberhaus on February 19, 2018, 05:29:18 PM
He was a great contributor to our hobby.  The passing of him and his wife is sad indeed.  Thank you Brant for the great obituary for GH.
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Post by: Greybriar on February 19, 2018, 06:51:13 PM
Obit:
http://www.cremationsociety-wi.com/obituary/James-Dennis-Cobb/Madison-WI/1781618

Thank you very much for posting Jim's obituary. O0
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Post by: Greybriar on February 19, 2018, 07:36:49 PM
I created Find a Grave memorials for Jim (https://old.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=187457428) and Angela (https://old.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=187458011). Please let me know if I made any errors or if there is information you feel should be added.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 20, 2018, 04:08:45 AM
Obit:

http://www.cremationsociety-wi.com/obituary/James-Dennis-Cobb/Madison-WI/1781618

Based on SIL's info, I found Cobb's obit in the Odessa, MO paper, but they don't make them available online - you have to order a paper copy.
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Post by: BanzaiCat on February 20, 2018, 07:00:25 AM
Damn. Influenza got both of them. :(
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Post by: Sir Slash on February 20, 2018, 08:20:26 AM
The Flu is not to be futzed around with, particularly this year's. I got the Flu Vaccine every year for free as a nurse and when I retired I thought I probably no longer needed it so I passed on it. That year I got a case of the Flu so bad I wanted to die. I was sick for about 2 weeks. To make matters worse, my doctor gave me Codeine for my coughing and it apparently makes me crazy as a Shit-House Rat.  :idiot2:  Sometimes a Flu bug will hit you all at once with a high fever and body aches but be gone in a day or two. Other times it's less acute but causes a lot more respiratory problems-- thems the ones you got to watch out for. And the over-the-counter stuff will only help so much usually.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 26, 2018, 10:34:16 AM
I got this back from Cobb's sister-in-law after sending them the link to the article & thread over here at GH

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Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful tribute for Jim. Andrew & I both appreciate you & all the grogheads
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Post by: mirth on February 26, 2018, 11:07:35 AM
I got this back from Cobb's sister-in-law after sending them the link to the article & thread over here at GH

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Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful tribute for Jim. Andrew & I both appreciate you & all the grogheads

 O0
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Post by: Staggerwing on February 26, 2018, 05:10:31 PM
Good to hear!
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Post by: Boggit on March 05, 2018, 03:18:49 PM
This is very tragic. :( RIP Jim and Angela. I greatly admired Jim's work, and he was an inspiration.