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    Re: Admin: text-only messages, annual indexes, author-specific indexes, and more
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2012 Jan 1, 23:17 -0800
    Clive, I posted the following on the NAVLIST. Please pass this on to Joan for me and please convey my sincere condolences to her

    Gary LaPook


    I met George and his wife Joan in July 2009 when I was on vacation in Britain. My wife and I took the train up to Oxford from London, George said he would meet us at the station. I asked him how I would recognize him, he said "just look for Father Christmas." We got off the train and walked into the station and I walked right up to him and said "hi, George." I have attached the only photo I took of him (with my wife in  the university hall where graduation ceremonies are held at Oxford) and you will see why it wasn't a problem spotting him in the crowd.

    He drove us out to his house about five miles outside of town and his wife Joan made us a nice lunch and showed us around her large garden. Joan is also a physicist,  They then took us back into town and gave us a walking tour of Oxford and the university. They couldn't have been nicer to a pair of Yanks. I really considered him to be a friend. I will miss his his many erudite inputs to the list.

    I know that I will miss the many interesting discussions with George. I just went back and re-read many of his posts which brought back those exchanges to my memory.  This Internet age has brought back the "good old days" in at least one respect. There was a time when a person was known as "a man of letters" which was based upon his written communications, letters that preserved his thoughts and could be re-read many times and shared with others.  There was a time when peopled carried on written conversations over many decades getting to know each other quite well though never having met face-to-face. Then we went to the instant communications method of the telephone, communications that disappeared like a burst soap bubble as soon as you put down the receiver. We now are lucky that internet discussions are written (even though on electrons) so that they are preserved and easily accessible to us and to others. We can go back and re-read posts and others can also get to know George even though he can no longer contribute any more of his wisdom to this discussion group.

    "Send not to know for whom the bell tolls for it tolls for thee."

    Gary LaPook

    --- On Fri, 12/30/11, clive <clive@jcsutherland.wanadoo.co.uk> wrote:

    From: clive <clive@jcsutherland.wanadoo.co.uk>
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Admin: text-only messages, annual indexes, author-specific indexes, and more
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Cc: clive@jcsutherland.wanadoo.co.uk
    Date: Friday, December 30, 2011, 5:45 AM

    It is with great sadnest that I  should tell everyone on the list that George Huxtable will be unable to respond to all his friends on the nav list anymore.George died on early in December from a protracted illness. He had had a re-accurrance of Cancer earlier in the year that eventually was untreatable and he died at home at Southmoor, Abingdon near Oxford. He was buried there just before Christmas .His wife Joan will still be living at their house but as yet will not be replying to emails.
    I am and have been a reader of Navlist for many years and any messages for her I will gladly pass on. I can be contacted at <clive@jcsutherland.wanadoo.co.uk.>

    George was born just before the start of the 1939-45 war in Liverpool and we both shared experience of  the Blitz years there. many years later he became a Physicist and worked at Harwell Atomic Research Labs were I met him through a shared interest in sailing. He had developed a passionate interest in navigation and was to became a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.
    His particular interest was in CN, in the practise of Lunars and a great deal of his activity on the list was in this field. Many of you will have shared this interest and will greatly miss his expert corespondance. I am very pleased to be reminded by Frank that his words will live on through the benefit of the list archives.

    Yours with regret

    On 30/12/2011 07:24, Frank Reed wrote:
    > There are a couple of people over the years who have requested an option for plain text delivery of NavList messages. These are now available. Attachments are listed as links. If any of you would prefer this option, let me know and I will set it up for you.
    > I've added new indexes of full years of NavList messages. You can find those in the archives section of the message board web site here: http://fer3.com/arc. The new indexes also permit subject and author searching though for now this requires a little editing of the URL. For example, out of the nearly 33,000 messages available, if you would like to see all 2,683 messages posted by George Huxtable, you would go this web address (URL):
    > http://www.fer3.com/arc/sort2.aspx?y=199401&y2=202001&author=huxtable
    > Or to see all 1,805 messages from Gary L, you would go here:
    > http://www.fer3.com/arc/sort2.aspx?y=199401&y2=202001&author=lapook
    > Or to see all 2,973 messages from me, you would go here:
    > http://www.fer3.com/arc/sort2.aspx?y=199401&y2=202001&author=frank%20reed
    > Sorting of messages is now by UT, which should help a bit. Messages are listed individually and in the indexes by the author's name even over the course of various email address changes that many of us have had over the years. Oh and names with diacritics (umlauts and such) display properly, too. URLs for messages are now "friendlier". This should help with search engine rankings. As an example, here's a message from George Huxtable from the year 2000:
    > http://fer3.com/arc/m2.aspx/Blish-prism-sextant-Huxtable-jul-2000-w2818
    > You'll notice that it includes keywords from the subject, the author's name or some portion thereof, and the month and year of the message. This makes links more self-explanatory. The older method using plain numerical indexes still works, of course. The new URLs are automatically generated as messages come in.
    > Let me know if you post any bugs or other issues.
    > -FER
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