I just called the phone number I had for Waldo and his father told me he died of a heart attack in late May. During my time here, Waldo and I became good friends; we e-mailed each other on a regular basis and I had planned on going to South Carolina to visit him.
He was 44 years old.
I just happened to check the forum tonight by chance.
OMG, I too am devastated and very sad with this news. I am so upset right now.....
Waldo and I became friends here also as we found some common ground with him being from South Carolina. All of my father's family was from SC. Knowing that about Waldo that is how the friendship began in February of 2003. We continued to exchange emails and PM's and he was the sweetest and most caring guy. I loved his humor..... I got my last PM from Waldo on April 30, 2005 and I knew it had been awhile since hearing from him, this wasn't like him not to write or check in here. *sigh* I should have stayed in better touch but I was wrapped up in my own crazy world...
I will share this picture that Waldo sent me along with the last quote in his email to me....
"I would rather make my friends laugh than almost anything in this world." "Waldo T. Gatorr"(do you really have to guess what the T stands for?)
Don't you ever be to hard to find, now, honey! Ya here me girl? *big smile* waldo!!!!!!!!
And did he ever make me smile and laugh, I will truly miss Waldo.
RIP my friend
Thank you Hal for letting us know, I am just so sorry to hear this news.
"A woman's heart is an ocean of secrets." Rose Dawson; from the movie "Titanic"
#7. "RE: Waldo Died of a Heart Attack" In response to Kiwi2022 (Reply # 5) Sun Aug-21-05 04:32 AM by hal9000
"I would rather make my friends laugh than almost anything in this world."
--Waldo T. Gatorr
Oh, Jan, thanks so much for sharing that photo and Waldo quotes. He sent me that pic also. I cannot begin to tell you how sad I feel. Thank you too, Grogan and the rest for your comments. This makes all the differences I've ever had with anyone on this board seem so petty now.
When I first joined PC Q&A, I was having a spirited discussion with freespirit (I think that's the right name). It was getting a bit out of hand, but Waldo sent me the first private message I ever received. Got me to laughin' and set my head on straight about forum discussions.
#16. "RE: Waldo Died of a Heart Attack" In response to mlangdn (Reply # 15) Sun Aug-21-05 01:41 PM by hal9000
My prayers to him and his family.
Thanks so much for sharing your kind comment. Freespirit was an old friend of mine who use to post here frequently in the days when there were many heated discussions here; in spite of the many differences we all had, Waldo always tried to bridge the gap with the spirit of friendship and diplomacy.
#27. "RE: Waldo Died of a Heart Attack" In response to Shelly (Reply # 23) Mon Aug-22-05 12:08 AM by hal9000
It's sad to see someone die so young. We can never know the measure of our days. My grandfather died at 103, my father at 42, all we can do is live each day as if it was our last.
I had no idea your father died so young; seems you inherited your grandfather's genes; I wish you a long life, Shelly. At the risk of sounding maudlin, every time I take a peek here, it warms my heart to see you're still here.
How's the weather in Spain? That's a long way from New York. Speaking of devious, there's not much credibility for those who submit forum posts through proxy servers. Especially one within a network that is notorious for being the origin of SPAM and other fraudulent activities.
You may not agree with idea's HAL has but his sincerity in this instance is unquestionable. You know nothing of the relationship between Hal and Waldo or between Hal and this forum. Until you do hold your tongue or go back to the forum where Hal obviously rattled your cage.
'Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity'
Boy !What a shock!Thanks for the imformation.I had wondered about him but many of us are away for awhile and our "family" is happy when they pop back in.I am dissapointed at the first time post of one that questions HALs motives.Spend some time here and learn that we may disagree at times but most of us respect each other.Thank you HAL for letting us know, My condolences to Waldos family