Discussion in 'Photography' started by Higgs Boson, Nov 9, 2013.
We used to email, but haven't heard lately. Concerned.
His email starts with "Che..."
His Usenet nym is "Chemiker", but he always signs as "Alex".
His last post on this NG was May 27, 2013.
The last of his posts in any of the photo news groups was in
alt.binaries.photos.original on September 23, 2013.
My last email communication with him was in December 2010.
Thanks, Duckie, I know his Usenet nym, but was ultra-cautious to not put full info, privacy-wise.
At the NG you mentioned, I didn't see any posts later than '05 or '06. ???
Could I trouble you to post the 9/23/13 as follow-up to this thread?
I'll also try him again; he usually answers emails promptly, so...
I emailed with him a few months ago, and just tried recently but no reply.
Here is a copy of his last post to ABPO:
NNTP Posting Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:26:24 -0500
From: Chemiker <>
Subject: Re: Meditation 20130914.jpg
Dare: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:26:31 -0500
X-Newsreader: Forte Agent 6.00/32.1186
X-Usenet Provider: http://www.giganews.com
NNTP-Posting Host: 188.8.131.52
Glad to see that camera is working well. I used a P90 as my GoTo in
Europe, but the long tele shots were soft. Nice for shooting fog on
the Danube, but not good for bright days. Looks like Nikon got their
act together. That long TF range plus light weight is just was the
traveler needs, especially if they're in my age range.
I'll try Alex again.
I'm still lurking around. Have done no camera work for the last couple
months. Been caught up in family stuff. My oldest son was in the
hospital for brain surgery. Didn't work and he was in a coma for a
couple weeks. The plus was pulled and he died Sept 13. Things are
still confused and this week I'm going to East Texas for the estate
sale of my MIL. My email still works. Thanks for being concerned.
While I am happy to hear that you are still out there lurking, I am
just so sorry that I have to extend my condolences to you and your
family. It is tough to suffer a loss like that and one never truly gets
I have been through a similar experience with my wife with her brain
hemorrhage and surgeries, her subsequent disability and decline. In the
five years since she died I still miss her and haven't moved beyond my
social life of a stump. I hope you have all the support from friends &
family you can get.
I am truly sorry to learn of your loss. I think that the worst thing
that can happen to a parent, is the loss of a child. I have no
meaningful words, to express my feelings. I have several friends who
suffered the loss of a child. The only thing you cna do si rely on your
family and close friends for the support you need. I wish you well, and
trust that you will be able to move forward with your life.
A friend in Montana lost his eldest daughter a few years ago after a
horrible and long disease and even today we feel her loss as if it was
ours. I don't know about a god that allows a son to go before the
parents - it's just not ... right.
Oh man! I can't even articulate proper words. All I can honestly say is:
incoming good thoughts for you and family.
My friends, thank you for your kind thoughts.
Just to set the record straight, please know that my deceased son was
not a child. He was a career soldier in the US Army, a Lt. Colonel,
Airborne and a Ranger. He was my eldest son at 48. There is
speculation that the aneurism, which was in the area of the Circle of
Willis (which is at the base of the brain, centrally located) was
induced by certain head injuries he sustained while deployed. He had
retired 6 months earlier. Like me, his middle name was Alex.
At the memorial service, many Army personel were present, including
his younger brother, who is a Colonel in the Medical Corps.
I agree there is something basically wrong with parents burying their
kids (per his wish, he was cremated) but we're handling it OK, I
guess. Except when he received his salute vollies and they played
taps, his Mom and I held up OK.
Enough for now. Thanks again.
Alex, I emailed you personally to express my condolences (that sounds so stiff!)
and to thank you again for your generosity to me.
My thoughts are with you and your family.
: My friends, thank you for your kind thoughts.
: Just to set the record straight, please know that my deceased son was
: not a child. He was a career soldier in the US Army, a Lt. Colonel,
: Airborne and a Ranger. He was my eldest son at 48. There is
: speculation that the aneurism, which was in the area of the Circle of
: Willis (which is at the base of the brain, centrally located) was
: induced by certain head injuries he sustained while deployed. He had
: retired 6 months earlier. Like me, his middle name was Alex.
: At the memorial service, many Army personel were present, including
: his younger brother, who is a Colonel in the Medical Corps.
: I agree there is something basically wrong with parents burying their
: kids (per his wish, he was cremated) but we're handling it OK, I
: guess. Except when he received his salute vollies and they played
: taps, his Mom and I held up OK.
: Enough for now. Thanks again.
Very sorry to hear it, Alex. Like others in the group, I rebel at the idea of
parents outliving their children. It happened to our daughter, whose twin sons
were born hopelessly prematurely in 1999. One never gets over it completely.
The U.S. is fortunate to have a highly competent, politically independent
military, even if our leaders don't always use it wisely. We understand the
sacrifices our military personnel make to keep us safe and free. We thank your
sons for their service.
Perhaps the creativity of photography will help you over the bad times. Our
daughter, who has since had three more children, has developed into a fine
child photographer. Hang in there, and keep shooting.
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