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I'm not dead - but Steve Pearl is
While I got lucky last night, not everyone was so fortunate. Old-school anime fans and rec.arts.anime.* denizens may remember Steve Pearl, aka starbucking. Steve was a regular on rec.arts.anime back in the day, and became the moderator of rec.arts.anime.info. He was a 'name' in anime fandom, and was involved with cons and many aspects of fandom. Steve had been fighting with severe diabetes for many years - and he's lost the fight. I met Steve many times over the years at cons, and still exchanged emails with him from time to time, as well as comments on LJ, etc. We both came up in fandom at the same time and moved in the same circles. Steve was always there in almost every corner of anime fandom.

I am sorry to learn of his passing, but at the same time I'm glad that his pain and suffering is over. He suffered a lot from complications stemming from his diabetes.

Current Location: 42.308929N 71.795328W
I am: sad sad
Current Media: quiet

From: mysryael Date: November 13th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
frustratedpilot From: frustratedpilot Date: November 14th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
This needs to be a wake-up call to anime fandom. We need to take better care of ourselves healthwise. Me? I'm the token skinny guy in a circle of friends who I see are getting fatter and fatter from overindulgence on fast food and junky snacks and too little exercize. I only eat fast food when I travel, and have to exercize every day whether I like it or not. (Comes from perpetually having a staircase between where I am and what I want!) And even then, I don't consider myself all that healthy.

The changes can be small and gradual, of course. I'm not advocating taking away anybody's Pocky. Just...park a little further away and walk once in a while. Make your own sandwiches and pack a cooler of them on road trips instead of eating at Micky D's. Drink tea or coffee instead of sodapop.

Those who persist on being couch potatoes sometimes wind up being planted.