Annual Techman Rememberance Thread 2010

Discussion in 'Wordforge Memorials' started by Tamar Garish, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Asyncritus

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    Re: Annual Techman Rememberance Thread

    He could, but that wouldn't really be the same. Besides, it isn't that hard to find his posts: Member's list, Techman, find all posts by Techman, then open each one in a new window (to keep the list there), rep it, close the window, and to the next one. Took me maybe ten minutes tops to use up all my rep on him.

  2. Lanzman

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    Yeah, I can bump Techie up to whatever arbitrary rep level I want. But doing it by fiat like that doesn't make the point. If you guys want to honor his memory, pay your respects, what have you, then find and rep his posts.
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    ^ Absolutely! (I'd rep you for it, but I'm out of rep, having used it all up... :techman:)


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    Re: Annual Techman Rememberance Thread

    How much did we actually know about Techman? From what I remember, he was a 'Nam vet, and also served in Iraq. He also had an estranged daughter. He was a mechanic of some sort, or was just really good around machines, as his custom title "Machine Master" said. I think there was one time where he said something disagreeable about gays or something and another member, Eccentric, I think, challenged him and wanted to go meet him at his door when Techman dared him to say it to his face.

    missmanners would probably know more about Tom, but aside from that, does his family know he posted here? Do they visit and read his old posts? Do we even know his last name, so we can at least look him up in the war vets memorials?

    Techman was a great guy, and I'd like to know a bit more about him. Every time Remembrance Day rolls around, he is not far from my thoughts.
  5. garamet

    garamet "The whole world is watching."

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    Re: Annual Techman Rememberance Thread

    IIRC, he had at least one Purple Heart, and still carried the shrapnel.

    He was also a recovering alcoholic with the courage to talk about it here.

    He was not shy about his opinions, and several posters whose names I shall not desecrate his thread with used this as an excuse to smear him with epithets of a sexual nature. He had a true gift for flattening these clowns, sometimes with a one-word reply.

    Took no shit from no body. After what he'd been through, teensy little message board pissants didn't bother him one bit.

    :techman:
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  6. Dan Leach

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    Re: Annual Techman Rememberance Thread

    I disagreed with a lot of what he posted/thought, but I liked him better than most.
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    Re: Annual Techman Rememberance Thread

    Any links to his greatest moments? That'd be interesting.
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    Two stories jump out in my mind.

    First was when he rode out a typhoon on a tin can (destroyer) in the middle of the Pacific. After that, he wanted out of tin cans. So, they shipped him off to Vietnam and he was the gunner/engineer on a PBR. He spoke quite fondly of his quad Ma Deuce setup.

    The second was about Army basic training. He was a fairly highly decorated combat vet when he left the Navy. He was also an E5. But, when he joined the Army, the DI's were told about him, but he wasn't allowed to wear anything or talk about his time in the Navy with his fellow recruits. They gave him shit for being an "old man" and being tatted up with various anchors.

    Then graduation day came around. He pinned everything on next to his brand new Sergeant stripes and they shut the hell up. He said he wore a huge shit eating grin the whole day.
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    Re: Annual Techman Rememberance Thread

    :rofl:

    That, I think, would've ended very, very badly for Eccentric.
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    "Take me!" indeed. :lol:
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    He will always be Uncle Fester to me!
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    He was an outspoken opponent of homosexuality and of religion. He was so opposed to religion that he explicitly disagreed with the concept of freedom of religion; he thought a proper state ought to outlaw it since it was necessarily harmful in every form. He was not so opposed to homosexuality that he thought it should be prohibited, but he certainly was not at all open to the concept that it could ever be thought of as "normal" in any way. In his thinking, all homosexuals were twisted and abnormal in their behavior.

    What was interesting about him, though, was that he never let such blatant differences of philosophy form the basis of personal dislike towards a person. Unlike so many who cannot like someone unless that person agrees with them, he could disagree with someone completely on some issue, and yet get along with them very well. He didn't troll people for having different philosophies from his own. That, ultimately, is why he was so well liked. It was so refreshing to have someone who would say "I thoroughly disagree" without adding "and you are a bad and/or stupid person for not agreeing with me."

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  14. Cornholio

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    rock on, Techman...

    :techman::techman:
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    Re: Annual Techman Rememberance Thread

    He is now up to one level below the desired level. That means less than 250 rep points to go, and he will have an appropriate "rep title."


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    That's because Eccentric was a ghey little cocksucker with a big fucking mouth who didn't know when to STFU and Sarge would have stomped his puny ass into the ground.

    I would have watched it on pay-per-view. :yes:
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    I never knew the man but he sounds like a genuine piece of work. Good for him! Rest easy there, big fella!
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    HAHA. Classic!
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    Techman, I hope you're royaly taking it up the arse in heaven! ;)
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    Re: Annual Techman Rememberance Thread

    :salute: :techman:

    Our first and only death of a major poster. It makes me think of how close WF really is. I remember talking on the phone about this with a few posters and again in person the next time I met up with them. Hopefully we won't have any other poster join him any time soon.
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    Bump. Waitiing for a recharge myself.
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    Those who are about to die salute techman.
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    I have no intention of diminishing your post at all, but I remember talking on the phone with him. We gave each other hell about our, respective, drawls. It was a significant point in my collective history of WF.
  24. His Grace Faceman the Duke of Wordforge

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    God damn. :jayzus: You people really let this animal get out of control didn't you?
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    I thought it was an ACDC reference actually.
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    I'd wager he kicked death in the balls on the way out. :techman:

    I for one miss Tom, his contributions, his personality, his general take on life was refreshing and straightforward that cut through the bullshit.

    Gone but not forgotten. One can only hope to be remembered as we do him here when we shuffle off this rock. He was a good man and his passing was a terrible loss to not only the board but to the world.
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  27. Marso

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    Miss ya, bro. :techman:
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  28. Elwood

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    Re: Annual Techman Rememberance Thread

    You may want to go back a little further. Like, Roman Civil War further.