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

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Subject: [Leica] Sad news
From: images at (Tina Manley)
Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 12:58:01 -0400
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Kyle -

I can't believe this.  Martin stayed with me on his trip across 
America.  I have photos of him with his Lincoln.  I'll try to find 
them for his family.

Thanks for letting us know.


At 12:36 PM 10/2/2009, you wrote:
>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 time.
>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 much.
>Leica Users Group.
>See for more information

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