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
Yesterday, we had to put our 6 year old English Mastiff to sleep, as she was experiencing liver failure. It was probably the saddest day of my life. Today, a bouquet of flowers appeared at our front door, with a card from Barb & Gracie. What a gift love is. Thank you, Barb.
Hello Barb,

While I have not kept up with this thread as much as I might have liked, I'm hoping that my words will somehow give you hope and comfort.

It has been four months for you in your loss and four years for my wife and I since we lost our youngest son, Michael. We did not have the privilege to converse with Michael over his 22 years but we did get to know him through his expresions and outward personality that he expressed through sounds and body language.

Obviously, you have had the good fortune to have heard directly from Pat how much he loved you and appreciated all that you guys had together. I know that you hold that dear and you will never lose it. I do envy you that, in the most beautiful way possible. I'm just curious here, but are you fortunate enough to have recordings of Pat? This seems so obvious but it is surprising how many people forget to do this. I appologize if this has been brought up before. We do have tapes of Michael, both audio and video, and it does get easier to enjoy these, with time.

It is funny that I was also involved in drag racing for a time in my life. Vw's, Ha! Pat would probably have remembered, and laughed at, those days in the late 60's and 70's when one could, somehow, compete with a 4 cylinder rear-enigne car! Hey, I got mine to 11:40's at 110 mph before I gave it up.

God bless and give you peace!
And I know where your at the music is playing, you sre listening, and so are we.

I am just a sentemental old fool who misses his friends.
I was just thinking of Pat last night on my way home from work. It does seem unreal that I can't pick up the phone and call him like I used to. It's a real shame, and I miss him.