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

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Subject: [Leica] Sad news
From: phongdoan at (Phong)
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2009 13:06:07 -0400
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So sorry to hear this.  I enjoyed Martin's posts very much; he was the
life at any party.
Still remember the great time at B.D.'s party with Martin's several years 

Will send photos to you, Kyle.

- Phong

On 10/2/09, Kyle Cassidy <kcassidy at> 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.
> Kyle
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