Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/02

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Subject: [Leica] Sad news
From: kcassidy at (Kyle Cassidy)
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2009 12:36:17 -0400

It is with great sadness and disbelief that I have learned of the passing of 
Lugger Martin Howard who died suddenly while on a business trip to Sau 
Paulo, Brazil. There are no further details on the circumstances at this 

Many of you who have been on the LUG for a while remember Martin's exquisite 
photo narrative of buying a gigantic mid 70's Lincoln Continental, which he 
dubbed "Eric The Red" (or "the longboat") and then driving across America in 
it visiting Leica owners. Martin, I believe, hailed from England, but lived 
in Sweden and, it seems, called the world his home. He was a smiling fixture 
at many lug gatherings.

His travel diary is still on line:

I remember specifically Martin writing a "bot" (short for roBOT) for the 
Leica IRC chat channel where he was a frequent participant 
( #leica) His bot, dubbed "Leica Bob" pretended to 
be a very obnoxious Leica owner. It would react to words that people posted 
("Noctilux" and "Tilly" being two that come to mind) and retort with ... 
fabulous hilarity and witty insults -- leaving many an unsuspecting Leica 
Owner baffled as to just who "Leica Bob" was and why he hated Nikon's so 
much. I actually remember laughing so hard it was difficult to breathe 
sometimes when Leica Bob would pipe up from nowhere and join a conversation.

If you have any photos of Martin, it would be nice to gather them up and 
send them to his family. Also, I recommend that remembrances & anecdotes be 
posted here and can be forwarded along at a later date. He was much loved 
and I'm sure it will be of some consolation to his family to know just how 


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