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  • Apparently I waited too long to become a twit

    Posted on August 25th, 2009 HandyAndy No comments

    Well I signed up for twitter finally; I may be the last person on earth to get an account. But it seems I waited too long, someone took my name, so I had to use which of course is what I am, the original :>)

    Now all I have to do is figure out how it works, I was just getting the hang of FB

  • User Group Community Loses a Legend, Al Wromke

    Posted on August 25th, 2009 HandyAndy 9 comments


    Al Wromke half a lifetime ago

    Al Wromke half a lifetime ago

    Friday my friend Al Wromke passed away. If I have ever bailed you out of a jam or showed you how to solve a problem, then please take a moment to look up and thank AL. For it was he who got me involved in the user group community back in the early 90’s, when I walked into a SVCS meeting at HP in Cupertino. He took me under his wing as he did with so many others, and showed us how being part of the UG community was one of the most rewarding things one could do.  Al was always there to help anyone in need, whether he knew them forever or just met them at that moment. I always looked forward to seeing him on my trips back to the valley and I will sure miss having breakfast with him next month when I get into town.

    Our old friend Coline MacLean sent this note out about Al’s passing and Fred Townsend long time Leader of SVCS sent it out to the membership; allow me to share her words here.


    Members and Friends of SVCS:


     From Coline MacLean we receive this information:


    Al Wromke passed away today. He had lung cancer. He only lasted two

    weeks after the detection and most of that was spent in a catatonic

    state. He died at the Veterans hospital in Palo Alto. Very sad.


    Al returned to Silicon Valley from El Paso in June. He was trying to get

    re-established and did not seem to be in ill health. He had lost lots of

    weight but said he had been dieting and exercising. During the last

    three weeks the complaints of joint pain and the inability to sleep

    started. He went to the VA center in Palo Alto with little

    satisfaction. Al was then hospitalized.


    Within a few days, the bad news of renal dysfunction, lung cancer and

    God knows what else. They immediately told him to get his affairs in

    order, which knowing AL, as we do, know that getting anything in order

    was not Al’s strong suit. Al’s relatives were called, almost too late as

    AL didn’t want them called. 


    AL’s body is being shipped back home to NJ, where the family will have

    a service on Friday and bury him next to his parents.


    He was a good person. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone and

    he would give you the shirt off his back or anything he had if you

    needed it. He was always on the outlook for opportunities for his

    friends and he was constantly creating wild business opportunities,

    which benefited mostly other people. The world is a lesser place

    without him.


    … c

    Fred Townsend

    I leave you with the immortal words of Al Wromke, “Can You Send Me A Copy To Review”
    Good Bye Al, We Will All Miss You,