Posted by Bill Stermer on June 22, 1998 at 23:46:21:
You only meet a few people like Erold in your lifetime, a person
bigger than life. He wowed the crowd on Prospect Mountain that Friday
evening, in his Aussie shirt with the alligator vest and his big hat.
His self-deprecating humor was enjoyable and disarming, and his account
of out-running the tornado superb. When I shook hands with him, his mitt
was like a throw pillow with fingers! I was honored to have breakfast
with him Saturday morning, and enjoy his company all to myself for a half
hour. We exchanged cards, and Erold assured me that he would come visit
when he was out West this fall.
> What I (and supposedly many of the people on Prospect Mountain
who saw Erold for the first time) did not realize was that Erold was not
some bumpkin who had stumbled into our lives with his huge frame, lots of
bravado and the scent of good times about him. Erold was managing
director of a company that wrote software programs for computers. In
fact, he claims that one of the program his company wrote will solve the
Millennium (Year 2000) Problem for home computers, and that he was able
to take this extended trip because he had recently signed some lucrative
contracts to offer that program to the public.
There was much to like about Erold, and a great story of how
hands across the waters--through Wings on the Internet--had worked to
make his trip possible. Likewise, after our joy in meeting Erold we are
coming together in our grief. At least we can take some comfort in the
fact that we got to know him, and that perhaps his last days were more
enjoyable because he got to know us.
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