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 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I had originally planned to do a 10th anniversary tribute thread to this messageboard a couple of months ago, but scrapped those plans for a variety of reasons.

However, part of that tribute was supposed to have been a "in memoriam" section devoted to the FSM members that have left this earth since the board became a regular feature here.

Because we have not only lost a great many film composers since 1998 - Goldsmith, Bernstein, Raksin, Kamen, Poledouris, Small etc. There is also a handful of people that contributed immensely to this board, that were knowledgeable about the artform, likeable persons and interesting individuals. They are, simply put, greatly missed.

It would be wonderful if some of you who remember these guys can take a moment to reminisce a little bit about them. I think it would be a shame if these were forgotten too quickly, especially now that the membership is quite different from what it was back then and there aren't many left to remember them.

With that, I once again raise my glass to our dearly departed:

Guy McKone, who passed away before the millennium turnover, was not only a connaiseur of vintage scores and musicals. He was also a wonderful verbalist. In fact, his writing was very inspirational even though one didn't necessarily share the interest for the actual topic. I'm sure Howard L can express this more eloquently than I - he wrote an entire cyber-play after he passed away, a kind of fictional "quest" for Guy's grave, I believe.

Kevin Hall (aka K-9) may not be remembered by many, but he was a young kid with lots of enthusiasm and passion for the artform. He was mostly into newer scores. He became a member in 2001, but passed away after a tragic car accident three years later:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=23319&forumID=1&archive=1

I remember Thomas Scofield mostly through his immense adoration of Les Baxter. If you do a search for Baxter here at the board, you'll find his contributions in all of them, at least untill his untimely death in 2005:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=30067&forumID=7&archive=1

He also participated in other topics, though, and was always an intelligent debater - both through knowledge and rhetorics.

Guy Mariner Tucker (aka H Rocco), caringly referred to as His H'ness by some, was a powerhouse of information and trivia, and one of the most prolific members around untill he left the board around 2001 (mostly due to false accusations that he had an alter ego as the infamous member Daniel2). He continued to post at moviemusic.com untill he passed away in 2006:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=38694&forumID=1&archive=1

As MWRuger points out, he was very much into all things Japanese, and was close friend with Akira Ifukube, I believe. He was eloquent, a bit long-winded (but always interesting!) and kind. He also wrote several in-depth articles for the FSM magazine.

Jens Christian Madsen, sometimes only known as Christian Madsen, was the sweetest soul you could ever meet. He loved the sweeping melodies of John Barry, in particular, but also Delerue and Morricone and lots of others "vintage" composers. He spent an equal amount of time caring for his other big interest - his tortoises. Unfortunately, he decided to end his short life in late 2006:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=39600&forumID=1&archive=1

David Wishart (aka musicko) may be known to many mostly for his connection to the industry, as record producer for the Cloud Nine label. You could often sense from his writing that he bore some sort of grudge against this very industry, perhaps he felt out-sourced or otherwise maligned by it, I don't know. But he always provided our discourse with humour and intelligent prose. I often wish I could have been as eloquent as him. He lost his battle against cancer in January-2007:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=39391&forumID=1&archive=1

Gregory S. Twyman (aka gumdrops) is perhaps the member that most of you are familiar with. He always shyed away from controversy and titulated everyone as "sir", which made him one of the most poular and loved members here. His iconic "yuk yuk" call signal will always be remembered. He passed away from a sudden illness in 2007:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=45645&forumID=7&archive=0

Ron Hardcastle only joined the board in August-2013, but managed to post many interesting things before he passed away in July-2014 -- much too early. He seemed passionate and opinionated, but always with thought-out arguments.

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=105605&forumID=7&archive=0

Robert Eastman (aka R.M. Eastman) apparently worked in the medical profession in some capacity, but he was here for his film music love. His posts were often short and terse, and, if you disagreed with him, sometimes phrased them in a way that made him look 'angry'. But few of us knew him personally and few of us could fault his passion for the artform. He passed away for unknown reasons on March 25, 2017.

https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=119486&forumID=7&archive=0

In a somewhat similar vein was Rory Monteith (aka RoryR), who blasted on to the FSM scene a couple of years ago and quickly made a name for himself by being very outspoken about all the things he disliked, especially in contemporary popular culture -- and often in a very confrontational tone. At the same time, he made sure to highlight the few he things he DID care for, like the original APES films or THE SAND PEBBLES. Alas, he apparently struggled with deep depression and decided to end his life on March 30, 2018.

https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=126837&forumID=7&archive=0

Cindy (aka CAT), who has actually posted in this very thread, was one of the few female members of this board who always had a pleasing demeanour, good humour and sharp wit. She was never afraid to put the "testosterone" in place, and provide a more levelheaded view on things when us guys bickered. She seemed to have a particular fondness for Golden and Silver Age music, but also contemporary composers like Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. She passed away on June 30, 2018 after a long illness (she had suffered a stroke in 2009).

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=81757&forumID=1&archive=0

Charles Thaxton, "no relation to Ford", as they said, was a treasured member of the board for many years. As far as I remember, he was mostly interested in vintage 60s and 70s stuff, and although we never interacted much, he discussed with respect and understanding for opposing viewpoints. Charles was also a keyboard player and performed under the name CHAR-EL. He passed away after a long and undisclosed illness in March, 2019.

https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=131614&forumID=7&archive=0

James P. Doherty (aka Jim Doherty) passed away on September 21, 2020, age 52, after an undisclosed illness. He was a sound engineer, and Herrmann enthusiast, frequently posting about his Golden and Silver Age favourites on the board.

Philip R. Jaeger (aka 'philiperic') passed away October 23rd, 2020, age72, from leukemia. He was an active member of his community, particularly as an actor/director in the local little theatre group, and particularly interested in Golden Age cinema and scores.

https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=142125&forumID=1&archive=0

R.I.P.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Suicide is imminent   (Member)

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 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

I had originally planned to do a 10th anniversary tribute thread to this messageboard a couple of months ago, but scrapped those plans for a variety of reasons.

However, part of that tribute was supposed to have been a "in memoriam" section devoted to the FSM members that have left this earth since the board became a regular feature here.





Hello buddy boy,

Can you commemorate the FSM members who left the board for whatever reasons?
I am sure you used to talk with members back in the early days of the board who cease to participate. Who are they?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yes, Stefan, I'll give my own thoughts on these fine individuals in a while.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Stefan, this sounds like a job for you:

Tell me, when did you first discover the posts of ______?
What are some of your favorite posts by __________?
Which ___________ threads would like to see bumped up in the future?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Thorski, your truly thoughtful ode to our



is one of your most compassionate offerings ever.



May we also add our sincere lamentation for those rollicking days of yore (and others, as we beamed aboard at the tail end of your consistently reflective run) when you had the time, inclination and energy to be one of the favorite front-runners on Da Board



is muchly (nay, monumentally) missed ... smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I have to admit that I don't remember too much about these guys, but I have a feeling that H Rocco was a Hans Zimmer fan, like myself.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Stefan, this sounds like a job for you:

Tell me, when did you first discover the posts of ______?
What are some of your favorite posts by __________?
Which ___________ threads would like to see bumped up in the future?




That's for composers only.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I have to admit that I don't remember too much about these guys, but I have a feeling that H Rocco was a Hans Zimmer fan, like myself.

His H'ness ( as I always fondly called him ) was a massive fan of Jerry Goldsmith and a great supporter of the music of Akira Ifukube.

'fraid he wasn't much of a Zimmer fan as far as I remember.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

To Sir Gumdrops my friend, brother , partner in crime, I love and miss ya. frown

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)


Gregory S. Twyman (aka gumdrops)


Hard to believe that it'll be a whole year already in October since Gummers left us. So much of him remains with me and always will...his music, his artwork, his emails and letters...and I think about him every day.

I miss my friend, my shoulder to cry on, my fellow Steelers fan, my guaranteed smile.

I was truly blessed to have him in my life, if only for a few short years. I'm a better person because of it.

Wherever you are, Gum, I love and miss you, and I know you'll be looking down tonight to watch the Steelers kick Cleveland's ass! Yuk-Yuk!

GO STEELERS!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

His H'ness ( as I always fondly called him ) was a massive fan of Jerry Goldsmith and a great supporter of the music of Akira Ifukube.

'fraid he wasn't much of a Zimmer fan as far as I remember.


Oh, I think he liked Zimmer quite a lot. I remember he used to go on about that story where the BACKDRAFT theme was used on the IRON CHEF program. He seemed to like that. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

I have to admit that I don't remember too much about these guys, but I have a feeling that H Rocco was a Hans Zimmer fan, like myself.

His H'ness ( as I always fondly called him ) was a massive fan of Jerry Goldsmith and a great supporter of the music of Akira Ifukube.

'fraid he wasn't much of a Zimmer fan as far as I remember.



I've been posting here since 2001, and ahh, 'fraid I don't remember any of the "Dearly Departed" people mentioned above.

May they all rest in peace.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

The man I remember the most is gummy. Not only was he a joy to read, but one of the kindest people on this board. He sent me music all the way down here to south america expecting nothing in return, and touched my heart and increased my knowledge with his e-mails. Some may think it's strange to miss a person you only "knew" on the net, but I do. His presence on the board was essential to the community.
R.I.P.

Alex

P.S: A very big thank you to Lukas Kendall for the beautiful gesture he gave Gregory by putting him on the album credits. It makes me feel proud of being in this community.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

His H'ness ( as I always fondly called him ) was a massive fan of Jerry Goldsmith and a great supporter of the music of Akira Ifukube.

'fraid he wasn't much of a Zimmer fan as far as I remember.


Oh, I think he liked Zimmer quite a lot. I remember he used to go on about that story where the BACKDRAFT theme was used on the IRON CHEF program. He seemed to like that. smile


Thanks for the reminder Thor, you are absolutely right! My memory isn't always great and I guess I tend to remember conversations I had with his H'ness that centered around Goldsmith, Barry et el and also the off topic conversations, Guy really knew his comic lore, writers, artists etc.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2008 - 8:39 PM   
 By:   Scott   (Member)

First off, I'd like to pay my respects to those who are no longer with us. We really are a small community and every loss is keenly felt.

I thought I would take this opportunity to chime in here because I am one of those "early" posters. My handle used to be HerrmannRules. I stopped posting because I found it was taking up a lot of my free time! Also, I did get a new computer a while back and had trouble logging in with my old handle. To make a long story short, after much trial and error, I'm back!

I found in the past that I would get side tracked by responding to silly things. This time out, I want to talk more about film music! I going to offer up reviews and my opinions of past and present film scores. Looking forward to the next 10 years!

Scott

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2008 - 3:19 AM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

Nice to see you again, HR! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2008 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Yeap I remember your old handle Scott, I'll just repeat Cat and say Welcome back!smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2008 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   SteffM   (Member)

Wasn't there also a guy named Pav Pavelek?

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2008 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   edo   (Member)

Wasn't there also a guy named Pav Pavelek?
Pav did indeed pass away a few years ago - I have loads of stories on him from hanging around. He did an extensive interview with Dr. Rozsa in his home on 16 MM film no less back in the 1970's. I often think what happened to that film. Great guy, great artist, great film music historian.

 
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