Today would have been John's 61st birthday.
One of the unintended consequences of forums like this is keeping the spirit and knowledge of someone alive long after they're gone. In this case, that's a good thing, because I like to reread some of John's comments from time to time. The veracity of them does not change, and it's often a stark contrast to those who end up on the ignore list.
Thanks to Lansing Heritage for introducing me to John and for keeping his legacy alive.