Re: [Z_Scale] Re: A new Z scaler
- View SourceEloquently said Michael. Bill is our grandfather of sorts.
Date: 1/30/2007 6:35:42 PM
Subject: [Z_Scale] Re: A new Z scaler
Dear Loren & all,
I think you summarized why we all will miss Bill so much, and yet, we
will be reminded of how blessed we are to have known him, whether in
person, via email or via this group.
Michael Hilliard and I (the other Michael) were speaking just
yesterday about the Amherst show this past weekend in Springfield,
Mass. It was technically the 5th show the Tri-State Z Scalers have
participated in since we formed about 2 years ago (the 2 year
anniversary of our first meeting is this coming weekend).
Due to my wife being ill this past weekend, and my babysitting duties,
I was not able to make the show. I wasn't sad because I missed the
show and the chance to run on a few scale miles of track. I was sad
because I missed my train buddies and a dinner and chance to break
bread on Saturday night.
Then Michael and I got to talking about how, as a group, we wouldn't
exist or have grown without Bill's tireless and uncompensated work
(although I think he'd have said the growth of the hobby was his
compensation), his wiring harnesses and the whole Z Bend standard. In
2 years time, we went from our first module (literally finished during
our first meeting by Michael H.) to, I believe, 7 or 8 with 2 or 3
more in the works.
A few of us in the group do not have permanent layouts, 3 of us are in
moving transitions (myself included). Without the group and without
the modules, we'd probably not run trains. We all come from different
walks of life but we share our knowledge, experience and generally,
We range in age from our early 30's to our 80's. Our most prolific
member, Cliff Travis, is also our oldest-and he has produced both a
Model of the Month with his helix and the cover of Z Track with his
module. He constantly amazes us with his talents and his experience.
We vary in experience, in knowledge, in modeling interest-from
European, to North American, to New York Central and Jersey Central.
I know, in my heart of hearts, that this is what Bill's legacy is all
about. People from everywhere, all walks of life, sharing, enjoying
and participating in a hobby and passion and, let's face it--playing
with trains :-)
Every time we get together as a group we will think about Bill and the
fact that, without him, and the scores of Z Scale Ambassadors and
Pioneers, we'd just be a bunch of guys and gals without the ability to
run a massive Z Scale Empire!
The Z Bend Standard, and Bill himself, just prove the old adage that
often, the sum is greater than the parts. A module may not stand on
its own, but together, modules can create an amazing layout. And
such, Bill was just one man, but his influence stretches across this
country and across this planet.
May his memory be a blessing to us all always. May those who knew him
mourn his passing and celebrate his life. May Sue, his children and
all of his friends take the time to mourn, heal and reflect on his
time on earth and know that we all are far better for knowing him.
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