Saturday, August 07 2004 @ 01:42 AM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

As some of you have heard, our dear moogy has died. It's too sad to talk about, and I have tears streaming down my cheeks as I type. I know you have enjoyed his contributions, as have I. In reviewing some of his many, many comments, I realized how much of a contribution he made, dating back to November of 2003, when he became a Groklaw member.

I didn't meet him in person, of course, and while he occasionally sent links and news to me, it was actually rare to hear from him directly. But just now, as I went to look at his user account, and looked to see if I had any email saved from him, I came across one dated July 16. Perhaps you'd enjoy to read his last email to me, about my article on "The Gates Case - The Abstraction-Filtration-Comparison Test":

"The Gates Case - The Abstraction-Filtration-Comparison Test

I've never done this, but I guess it's about time.

Thanks for your reporting efforts and analysis, but also, as illustrated in your most recent article, a big thanks for helping arm us all with the information and knowledge we need to make some tiny effort of our own to contribute to the analysis and critical thinking.

The little tidbits offered collectively by your readers do indeed add up, and for many of us we could never have even attempted to understand, in any meaningful way, the legal issues involved to effectively make such contributions without your pointers for direction.


The sad part is, this email was one of those in the pile I still hadn't gotten to, and I only read it today, for the first time, which means I didn't have a chance to reply. Since I started Groklaw, I have always tried to answer all my email, no matter how many there were, every day. And it is so sad that at the end, I got behind on the very one that turned out to matter most. I went to the user info to delete moogy's account, but I changed my mind. His contribution was here on Groklaw, and I will leave his account here, just as it is permanently, to remember him by. The scripture is true that says that death is an enemy. And that's just how it feels to me at this very sad time.