When you grow close to 70, it hits you that, with increasing rapidity, more and more your friends and love ones will leave this worldly stage. At first, it depresses you, but then it occurs to you that "if you didn't know and enjoy them all that much when they were here, perhaps the pain of losing them wouldn't be as great." (I'll accept the greater pain stemming from better days). Jim and I go back to a time when, outside of the AZ dailies and small number of national media sources, our only access to Cardinal news (and to "talk Cardinal football") was at the AOL Cards Corner website bulletin board. Aside from the paucity of Cardinal news, things weren't all that different back then then they are today - the Cards weren't doing all that well and there was the usual give & take about "Fire the Coach", "This Year is Our Year", "Who Is or Isn't a True Cardinal Fan" etc. Then as til now, in the middle of all the sturm & drang, Jim had always been one of the "voices of reason." When I started the BRS in 1998, I leaned on Jim for advice. When he and others decided to launch ASFN, we discussed the pros and cons of joining forces and, when that idea was dropped, we talked about how the two sites might best co-exist and help one another (& co-exist and compliment one another, we did). All of this was done on-line -Skkorp lived in AZ. I was in NJ. We came close to having dinner a few years back when Dr. (Mrs.) G and I spent a vacation week in AZ, but unfortunately, we had to scuttle those plans due to a medical issue. So we never actually got to meet one another face to face. But we continued to stay closely in touch on-line and occasionally by phone. Often the burning issue of the moment was how to deal with bloggers who either posted inappopriate or overly denigrating comments. (To paraphrase, Monte Python - "Jim could be quite tough, but he was fair"). Not so long ago (well before the presidential primaries) Jim foresaw the likelihood that the contest might eventually narrow itself down to McCain vs. Obama, and he wanted to know my thoughts (both pro or con) about either. To this day, I don't know who Jim supported nor do I care. What was important was that it revealed an independent, inquiring, open-minded aspect of Jim's character that too few of us share. Jim was a spectacular person. We were lucky to have him, which makes it all the more sad that we now have to lose him. I hope this thread will be folded into some sort special thread set up to celebrate Jim's life and to share with his family all the things Jim has meant to all of us. RIP Jim. GBR.