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
That is fabulous news about the chemo drug. Seems like a lot of folks are listening and applying the thinking of your musical "hero," Neil Young, when he sings "Long May You Run."

Cigar smoke gives me cluster headaches. Cognac, too. My back is bothering me and I can't sit very long at a time. The hearing is falling off in my left ear. And I always thought dip switches were named for me. But I hope you guys have a good time. :-)

Now you've got me thinking about whether I should use a step-up transformer between my low output (0.5mV) Grado The Statement and my Plinius Jarrah phono stage. Just what my wife wanted: for me to spend more money on gear. I'm telling her it's your fault, Pat.

Warmest regards to all,
That's great news about the medication.

Glad you like the Drake album,he has two other albums which are equally as good!

You can blame me for anything as long as she believes it. No problem there at all. he he.

I posted my system today and was disappointed to see that they no longer appear on the "new today" page. bummer. Check it out guys.
Great news, Pat. Keep it up, man. Maybe I was wrong when I told me wife that women are clearly tougher than men.