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Bud Fischer 1945-2016

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#21 SkiDaBird

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 11:03 PM

Thank you.

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:11 AM

Bud Fischer was EMax on the forums? Darn, I was hoping that wouldn't be the case when I stumbled across this thread. I can confirm what everybody else has said about his personality even though my only interactions with him were a few confused private messages over some ambiguity in a thread. Although I have no industry connections nor deeper knowledge of anybody on this forum, it is always surreal to see someone, especially such a dynamic character, vanish from the Internet. Rest in peace, Bud the Polish Mafioso.

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#23 Razvan

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 03:06 AM

Tami, I tried to reach you by e-mail but it seems that Bud never told you that we communicate via the Spam folder :-)

I wrote something that you may use if you think it's appropriate.

I've never met Bud in person, yet I feel like I've known him for a lifetime. I confronted him on a professional blog, on a physics topic.
He was the Alpha Male Electrical Engineer there, and this is how I gamble my way into the pack.
Living in an East-European country, I'm used to being mocked by upper-world engineers even if I'm right, and I expected the same
treatment. Bud stood corrected. He befriended me. We discussed each other's projects. Played with ideas. Exchanged family photos.
He became a father figure. Watching Clint Eastwood in "Gran Torino", I couldn't help but thinking about Bud.

He even offered me a big loan when he learned that things got rough for me and needed a car (eventually it was not necessary, but in my
heart I keep this memory as if he did sent me the money).

I often thought where NASA would be if Bud worked there. He was an innovator. He was deeply connected with reality and understood
human nature in the same time - very rare for an engineer - that's why his projects were so successful.

And he was an incredible mentor, even from a distance. It will be an honor to pass onto my three sons some of the things I learned
from him. From an ocean and two continents away, I could tell that he was a great husband and a super-dad -
- but I must leave some things for you to say, guys.

The world is literally poorer now. I feel like an anchor has been lost. I knew I could count on Bud from explaining to me an obscure English
language reference, or a weird circuit, or a fact of life from the perspective of someone who experienced everything, crazy and all,
yet remained a gentleman.

Now we are all on our own.
One more thing - one can't talk about Bud and not specifically mention lifts and retrofit -

I don't know about Heaven itself, but I'm sure that climbing to it using a stairwell is becoming obsolete as we speak.

Răzvan Neagoe, România

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