It's not a surprise, but it is a shock nonetheless.
Thanks to Widget's general invitation here to attend the audio show in Emeryville last year, I got to see Zilch, as it turns out for the last time. I'm so glad we got to hug before we parted.
He was joyful and optimistic as was his wont, and we reminisced about the midnight rendezvous in the hotel parking garage in Sunnyvale, his rebuild of my BX63A (which I'm using right now), the Zilch Miracle Cable and more. Grumpy caught a great picture at the show, which I'll repost here.
He has gone back to the place he came from, and he enriches it with his return.