In Memoriam: Walt the Man, 1941 – 2012

Walt the Man, one of the founding critters of The Zoo, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2012. Here are Walt’s first posts at The Zoo:

While W Read a Child’s Book, the Rest of the World Knew

In The Aftermath

NASA Antarctica Satillite Map

Snack Time for a Hawk

Walt’s Favorite Things

I think I’ll leave this Tribute at that last link, Walt’s Favorite Things.

All in all, Walt created over 500 posts for The Zoo. Feel free to peruse the archives and add links to your favorites, or any other comments you would like to add, in the thread below.

Requiem Aeternam, Walt the Man

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22 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Walt the Man, 1941 – 2012

  1. Thank you for all you did for TheZoo over the years, Walt.

    Your kindness, brilliance, and bawdy sense of humor will be missed.

  2. Thank you Walt for your contributions, your stalwart persistence, and your irascible wit. Thanks for your e-mails of instruction and guidance. Your unflagging spirit was, is, and will remain an inspiration to all.

  3. How very sad. Walt was part of so many of mankind’s finest engineering achievements. I had hoped the world could continue to benefit from his wisdom for years to come. I can only hope that all of his scientific curiosity is now satisfied. Peace and love to his family. Thank-you for sharing him with us.

  4. My heart goes out to his kin. His sense of humor and good spirit lives on in all of us who were touched by his wit and wisdom.

  5. Now who will fill my NASA fix?
    Through streaming tears I salute and extend an appreciation for your having brightened the earth with your presence.
    The bright light has dimmed, considerably, after your departure.

    Sending warm thoughts and virtual hugs to Walt’s family.

  6. Thank you Walt for all your kindness and your wisdom. Your understanding of physics always impressed me and your appreciation for history always educated me. Walt, you will be missed. Your passing is heartbreaking.

  7. I remember spotting Walt ages ago, when I still paid any attention to TP, I read his posts and checked his links and thought – ‘nah, it can’t be’. I have a friend Walt in Portland who the more I read Walt’s posts the more I thought ‘well maybe?’. So I asked him one day – ‘Walt are you a Walt in Oregon, serious computer geek Walt, wife Wendy with a scotty dog named after a Star trek character’ and he said ‘No, I’m Florida Walt, and I’m old enough to have been Scotty!’ – or words to that effect…. :)

    See ya Walt.

    • Think I’m going to browse some of his old posts today – if I find something to bring back I will link back to it.

  8. I checked into the Zoo late last night only to read of the passing of Walt the Man. Although I am still relatively new to the Zoo, I was stunned and saddened by the news. I always enjoyed Walt’s take on things and will miss his writing. The Zoo has lost a good critter.

    I got to thinking this morning though, that when I go, I would like to go in my sleep like Walt. May he rest in peace and maybe in another world somewhere Walt is having a discussion with Mike Wallace.

  9. Walt was truly one of a kind. There was no problem he was unable or unwilling to help with. He can never be replaced and will never be forgotten. I am grateful to The Zoo for giving us the opportunity to know as much about him as we do and realize without Walt we might not have still been together.

  10. I’m saddened to find this news here this morning. I’ve always enjoyed reading Walt’s posts, and will miss his commentary.

  11. I’ve only been here a year or so, but I valued Walt’s opinions and posts….he was one of those people who you just immediately liked.

  12. Rest in Peace, Walt. I remember your wit and intelligence when I first joined TP. Your posts were always a delight.
    Thoughts and prayers to your family.
    -DRxJ

  13. Oh no! I am so sorry to learn of Walt’s passing. I have enjoyed his posts for years and will miss him. Rest in Peace, good man.

  14. Oh my! I am shocked. What a joy it was to have been lucky enough to find Walt at TP and then the Zoo. Thank you Walt for for sharing your thoughts at the Zoo. You will be missed but not forgotten. Condolences to Walt’s family.

  15. I don’t know what to say that hasn’t been said. We were all blessed by his company and his knowledge and wisdom. I had great resepct for what he had to say. He did not know me, but I will remember him always.

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