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The Pudd & the Dukester
But I am so fortunate to say that our last exchange was both cordial and one I will forever cherish as my lasting memory of Ted. It was little more than a month ago, November 12, that I found myself whiling-away the hours during a lengthy layover at Chicago O’Hare. I posted some innocuous comment on the board and mentioned my whereabouts. Hours later when I got back home in Michigan and logged-in, there was a warm “Hank: Welcome to The Windy City” from Ted. And he followed it with a smiley emoticon. While Ted frequently used emoticons, readers will recall that he was quite stingy with the smiley ones. So I am doubly fortunate to have had the wisdom of his long presence here and also to have had such a memorable and pleasant final exchange to remember him by.
Link to above-mentioned thread.
The road goes on, but the company of travelers is diminished.
Best wishes to your family friends and associates.
You will indeed be missed!
I received a nice "Thank You" note from Lynn Didesch, Ted's wife today. I'm thinking she sent this to me to thank everyone. It reads as follows.
I am so sorry it took me so long to write you. I'm not that computer savvy and I could not figure out how to get on the MFO site. I did not see the return address on your card until today.
I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate all of your kindness to me. The flowers you sent were so lovely and the transcript from your discussion about Ted meant so much to my son and me.
Ted loved being a part of the Mutual Fund Observer. He would spend hours doing whatever it was he did. I was never quite sure what he was doing but I know it gave him great pleasure. He had his coffee every morning out of his Mutual Fund Observer mug while he was happily away on his computer.
Thank you so much for everything you have done. It does not seem enough to just say thank you, but I do thank you very, very much.
In that first exchange, he told me he was not impressed with my blog and questioned my veracity.
In my last exchange, Ted gave me an A+! (He was always straightforward). I considered him a lovable curmudgeon -- one whose persistence and "charm"(?) was enough to make Professor Snowball bend or maybe break the rules of the board.
He was a big, big part of Mutual Fund Observer; impossible to replace - and we will all miss him here.