Fwd: [kevinslist] IanC - I've got just this to say.
- In a message dated 3/26/2006 4:25:34 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Well everyone on the list shall have by now read or heard about Ian's
passing. The problem we have is a 5 year old boy that has been left behind,
and myself and a few others that were close to Ian want to make sure this
kid gets to go to college. You have seen the link that Jimmy put up. You
have read the mention of donations for Clay. I am personally sending out a
plea to the membership of Kevinslist to each donate at least $100.00 to the
fund. Everyone here knows that Ian was ALWAYS there for everyone. He stepped
up to help any time anyone needed it. Most anytime he helped, I think you
will all agree that his assistance would have saved you at least 100.00. He
never asked for anything in return. He even declined offers to pay. I
started this list to help out. I have never asked for anything in return
before. I'm asking now. If Brian, Jimmy, Bill, and I have to do it
ourselves, that kid will not have to pay for post secondary education. Would
sure be nice to have some help though. I know I may be coming off somewhat
forceful right now, and that I am trying to pass the hat. That is because I
mean to. Please. Thank you.
The link is here:
Kevin J. Ripa
Ian Carter is dead, not TV dead, not movie dead - the crazy Brit is not
coming back for the next episode. He's gone, and there's nobody out there to
You may have met him, you may have heard a lot about him, but you didn't
know him - I cannot say I did, and I doubt there's more than a dozen people who
get this post who knew his real name. He was an intensely private, personal
Ian was not my idea, or your idea, of a Private Investigator - I don't know
a single one of you who would, or could, have done some of the things he did.
I'm a proud guy, and I'd like to think I could travel to a foreign country
and find a missing child, so I could report back to those who loved them that
they were alive and well. I'd like to think that, but in my greatest
fantasies I'd not envision myself finding the child and bringing them back home.
Kid yourself if you like, but we aren't doing that are we?
The truth is, if my own child were spirited away to some foreign place, I'd
do my best but I have no faith that I could get it done, or that you could get
it done, no matter what I'd pay. The only real hope that I would have just
Ian was not perfect, but in a world of empty promises and plastic people,
Ian was real. He would help anybody whether he knew them or not, he has helped
many of you, and there wasn't a damn thing in this world he'd not do for
those he called "mate."
Ian Carter and Jim Parker were here with me for several days and thru the
last weekend before he died. We ate the best food, we drank too much, we
blasted about the waterways of SW Florida in my boat, they stayed in my home and
my children camped out in Ian's tent.
It was a glorious three day holiday, and my family and I feel blessed to
have been able to spend it with him.
In the wake of this tragedy, Jim has done what he can and I'm proud of him.
If you missed it, the link to the donation page is
Kevin is angry - but that's Kevin - he gets angry, and looking at the
pitiful turn out from this enormous group of people that Ian called family, I'm
disgusted too. I see names of people who have no money and are not working yet
managed to donate, but there are a lot of names I would have expected to see
there that aren't.
His friends, our friends, with a pocket full of plastic who think nothing of
dropping a few hundred for dinner . . . where the fuck are you? When I
think about what he has done for so many of you, and what he would have done for
you, I am just too disgusted for words.
Mr. Basso, I don't know you - I have no idea who you are but I am grateful
for your extraordinary donation. I collect wrist watches, and Ian had a wrist
watch that I gave him, an Ollech and Wajs that I special ordered from Al
Wajs in Zurich. I hope his son values that watch - I am going to send you one,
and Kevin one, so you gentlemen have something special to remember Ian by.
For the sorry mutts who cannot find it within themselves to cough up a few
bucks for the child of this wonderful man, I don't have the time of day.
God Bless our Absent Companions,
Bill E. Branscum, Investigator
PO Box 10728
Naples, FL 34101
(239) 304-1640 Fax
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