About Lugnut -- Patrick Malone

Many of us have come to know Patrick Malone (Lugnut) as a friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and kind individual. He is a frequent and enthusiastic contributor to our analog discussion forum. He has initiated only 17 threads, but responded to 559 threads. I would guess that many, if not most, of us can recall a time when Pat replied with helpful advice to a question we posted or helped us track down a rare recording. I have come to love Pat as a friend, and to respect him as a man, and I suspect many of you share those feelings.

Today I write to share difficult news with you. Pat has been diagnosed with an aggressive stomach cancer. It has yet to be determined whether surgery will even be worth it. If surgery is performed, most or all of the stomach will be removed, and Pat would face a difficult and long post-op period in the hospital. The medical course is still uncertain, but will be determined soon. Whatever is decided, it will not be easy or pleasant.

Something may be planned in the future to assist the family. For now, Pat could use some of the friendship he so often and willingly showed us. You can email Pat at: lugnut50@msn.com. You can also mail cards, letters ... or whatever. You may email me for Pat's mailing address. My email is: pfrumkin1@comcast.net.

I hope to spend a few days with Pat in Idaho or Nebraska (from which he hails) soon. Between this news, my legal work, getting ready for family arriving for the holidays, Audio Intelligent, and trying to make plans to visit Pat, my head is spinning. If you email me and I don't respond, please understand that I am not ignoring you, but rather simply do not have time to reply.

Pat may or may not have time to respond to posts here, to emails, or to cards mailed to him. But he has asked me to convey to each and every one of you that he has cherished your friendship, your comradery, and sharing our common hobby on this great website.

As we prepare for our holiday season celebrations, and look forward to -- as we should -- enjoying this time of year, I ask that you keep Pat and his family in mind ... and softly offer up, in quiet moments in the still of night and early morning, prayers for Pat and his family. God bless.

Warmest regards to all,
Paul Frumkin

I know you had to weigh a lot of things when deciding whether to forego further chemotherapy. I've always felt that in hi-fi weighing quality vs. quantity, quality always wins. I would agree it applies to life as well.

We're all looking forward to your impressions as your system continues to evolve and bring you some awesome sound!

You're in my thoughts and prayers bro'.
Pat, you are not the only one whose decision has been to forgo chemo and its consequences; my late stepmother did the same. I am sure she never regretted it. I believe the decision is a brave and true one and it touches me. Love, blessings and music to you.
Natural healing is good thing. Check out DR. Gary Knoll(sp?).he has been on PBS and published extensively on alterantives to traditional cancer treatment protocol. If you have already done, this please for forgive me for being presumptious.
You make the best decision for you at the time, and never look back. I agree that the quality of life is much more important than the quantity. I watched my father eventually lose his battle with cancer, while the rest of my family complained that they didn't think he fought hard enough, I cannot say that I ever blamed the man. He had survived bone cancer surgery 25 years earlier and 2 heart attacks. I felt if he had tired of the quality of his life, he'd more than earned the right to decide to make a quicker, more comfortable transition.

May God bless you Pat, and may your decision work out for the best. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

Now enjoy the good tunes, great friends and wonderful family.