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IN MEMORIAM continued
as best he could, got his left earlobe
pierced, and often wore long, weighty
earrings with Native American themes.
He looked like an aging biker, which
was just fine with me.
During that time, he began to write
the Q&A for Nuts & Volts, gaining a devoted readership over the years. Some
of you know his history better than I do,
having followed his byline in various
publications for thirty-some years.
One of my friends says he was a
"Dickensian character." That is, he was
indeed "a character," a bit eccentric and
quirky, but always true to himself. His
Native American grandfather was his
mentor, teaching him to speak softly, walk
silently, and never hit anybody weaker
than himself unless to save his own or
others' life. Physically, he was compactly
built, but amazingly strong until the final
months. He was sufficiently confident of
his masculinity to treat a woman well. He
could build or fix anything, although he
rarely completely finished the fixes
before moving on to the next project. He
left his office an unholy mess, cluttered
with arcane electronic equipment like
"Dr. Weirdo's Strange Science Lab."
In his last years, he also became a
"foodie," aiding me in my job as restaurant critic for the San Diego Reader, and
travelling with me on culinary vacations
to Trinidad, Thailand, and Hong Kong.
He gladly shared his lifelong interest in
Japanese cuisine. I'd eaten plenty of
sushi before we met, but only learned
the "inside story" by helping him make
it at home — fanning the rice, carefully
stirring in seasonings taste by taste,
experimenting with ingredients. TJ was
invaluable — not only another welcome
mouth to feed, but a researcher, editor,
and superb palate who shared my
enthusiasm and helped in my labor.
He was brilliant, sweet, kind, and
funny. He was truly a man. I can wish
each of you no greater boon than a
partnership like ours.
talked about meeting in person some
day. I will miss TJ's great enthusiasm for
experimenting and teaching others
about circuits and what they can do.
author of USB Complete
I believe I first encountered the writing of TJ Byers around 20 years ago in
the pages of Modern Electronics
magazine. Over the years, we exchanged occasional notes via email and
I just learned from the on-line
edition the sad news that TJ Byers
has passed away. His knowledge
of electronics was awesome. He
published answers to one or two of my
questions, and answered others by
email; we also corresponded about
some of his answers. I will miss him.
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