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

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Subject: [Leica] Sad news
From: cummer at (H&ECummer)
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 02:39:08 +0800
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Now that is both sad and really shocking!
I bought Martin's R6 from him when he was in San Jose. He delivered it  
up to Palo Alto where my son was studying along with Ted's beat up  
60mm Macro Elmarit R and a 90mm Summicron R. The R6 and the Macro  
Elmarit are long gone - sold on time to a poor Chinese photog in Hong  
Kong - but I still have the 90 Cron now leitax bayoneted to work on my  
Nikon D700. I  enjoyed Martin and his joie de vive was very  
infectious. What a sad happening.

> Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2009 12:36:17 -0400
> From: Kyle Cassidy <kcassidy at>
> Subject: [Leica] Sad news
> To: "lug at" <lug at>
> 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