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
Even though I e-mailed you privately today, in response to your generous, unsolicited sharing of thoughts about another thread, in which I had asked a question,I want to be part of this thread. To say that this thread has had a shuddering, shattering and, I would venture, absolutely unforgettable impact on the members of this group, is a gross understatement; reading it is a lesson in hope for mankind, exemplified and led by your stark, ruthlessly honest and searing love for life and its finest values. You inspire us and I only wish you well. "Dum spiro, spero" (while there's life, there's hope) is obviously your mantra and I, together with the friends who know you personally, hope and pray that we can face these trials together for years to come.
Good afternon Mr.Lugnut, I am very happy to learn that you enjoy some of the same music as I do. I am somewhat envious of you, who wouldn't want to take a listen to the famous Porter Audio System? Albert could probably charge admission. I hope your day is going well and you have time to sit back and listen to some tunes.
what are some of your favorites? right now I am listing to(and I can't get enough of)Jay McShan, really great stuff. And then it starts branching out to guys that he is playing with, such as Gerry Mulligan. Does it ever stop? And then you have another favorite of mine, Johnny Hodges, again there goes another tree. Duke and how many people did he have through his career? I am really just a beginner in all of the big band blues thing, I have liked the style all of my life but I thought it was rock. Now looking back some of my favorites have been blues related, Stones, Climax Blues(duh), Savoy Brown and of course Eric Clapton. It has been just the past few years getting into 'high end" that I have ventured out of rock. I was just telling my wife, Colleen, the other day "I can't believe that I am actually listening to Mel Torme and enjoying it"
Sorry, I didn't mean to write a book, I am normally a one liner.
I am in awe of this thread, which I just discovered today.
It's so great to see how many members of the Audiogon community are pulling together and supporting "Lugnut".
It has brought out the best people and the best IN people posting here, as they discuss their true feelings and share their thoughts about friendship, generosity, fighting and surviving cancer, and of course this crazy, beloved hobby of ours and love of music. (another kind of therapy that we all use on a regular basis) It really humanizes the Forum, as we realize that there are real people on the other side of that keyboard we're pecking away-at. (That's a good thing to remember when you're preparing to fire-off a nasty-gram at someone here.)
I haven't read anything this inspirational since Lance Armstong's book, "It's Not About the Bike", concerning his fight with cancer.
Pat, I wish you the best of luck in your continuing battle with cancer. You don't have to come back and win the Tour de France, just hang-in there and keep talkin' to us!
Hi Guys,

Well, another round of chemo went okay. The doc think that a couple more treatments followed by a CT scan and I might be able to quit it for awhile. Nuff said about that. It does make me very happy.

Albert, you and Steve are doing a wonderful service that will go a long way to reinvigorating interest in high end aduio, specifically two channel. It's great that you could make time to photograph Paul's award event. I really like AIVS and think it deserving of an award.

Springbok10, are there 9 other Sprinboks? Thanks for your kind words. I would think I can speak for almost everyone that has posted to this thread when I say I'm glad that this has touched you in a positive way. It's been good for so many people; way beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

Jeff, answering questions about what types of music I thoroughly enjoy is getting harder every day. Primarily I love blues and jazz. I do listen to a lot of rock too but of the more acoustic, hormonious variety nowdays. Female vocalists are a kick no matter the genre. Some male vocalists trip my trigger too. What really surprises me is my attraction to recent composers of orchestral music. A few years ago I would have just lumped it in as classical but I think that would draw criticism from the experts. A lot of what has been written beginning with Dvorchac (sp?). I love the Grand Canyon Suite and the music or Aaron Copland. Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Ella are among my recent heavy rotation albums. About all I don't listen to is organ music, gospel and most country. So many older recordings were done better than today's best and the performances outstanding. Of course, music is timeless or at least good music is.

Golden ears, Boa2 sent me the Armstrong book. Remember when he had trouble adjusting to living? Well, I must have been meant to read that book just for that chapter. As I've mentioned before I had cancer previously that was supposed to take my life prior to now. Funny, no? Anyway, when I recovered and was in remission I discovered how difficult it is to rejoin the ranks of the living. This chapter meant a lot to me because right now I am among the living and I'm determined to not lose a moment though wasting it with any such nonsense. Thank you Mr. Armstrong.

Also, this thread isn't about me or audio or even cancer. It's about something much bigger. Our shared humanity and love. Love, as in pure, untouched by outside influence, from the depths of our souls, meant to comfort those we come into contact with. There's been a lot of love sent my way by anonymous faces pounding out messages on a keyboard. Slowly I'm meeting members here one at a time whether in person, emails, phone calls or this thread. I hope that this experience stays with everyone bacause the world needs it. Let's all remember each other when we are in pain and reach out to comfort. There is joy in that as I've seen expressed here. We must keep our eyes open.

J.D., my prayers are with you and your family. Hopefully, you will qualify for a heart transplant soon and recover your life. I've seen this community respond to your reasoned posts and trust that they will lift you up as they have me. Peace.
I just had neck surgery on Monday, and I'm using my limited allotment of computer time to peruse the threads. I happened upon your post, Pat, and now I can lie back down with a smile on my face. You just have that effect on people.

And J.D., I have no doubt that you will be skiing again. I just see that happening for you.

Enjoy your day, everyone.