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August 15, 2014
I met Doug in high school and fell in love with him immediately! He was so warm, intelligent and funny! I spent some very happy times with him and his wonderful family. We kept in touch over all of these years and I loved receiving his letters full of stories about his travels...he mastered a new language every year or so! He also was an accomplished scientist and musician--a modern renaissance man! I wish I had had more time with him, and will always want one more hug as only he could give.
August 8, 2014
For a couple of years before I actually met Doug in 1975-1976, I had frequently slept in his room at the Magnoli residence in Pittsburg as a guest. I was going to College with Marc, Doug's brother, and the Magnolis generously had me at their home during family holidays and long weekends.

Since Doug was going to Yale at the time, I got to sleep in his room.

So, when I finally met Doug for the first time, I already owed him gratitude for the use of his room. At the same time, I thought I knew a little bit about him from looking through his music albums, his books, and the rest of the stuff in his room. Was I surprised!!

The first time I saw Doug, he greeted me in fluent Farsi, my native language. He spoke fluently and correctly. When I asked him where he had learned Farsi so well, he just said, “here and there”. I thought the guy was either a genius or he was pulling my leg.

Well, the more I got to know Doug, the more I realized that he wasn't just an ordinary genius, but a truly humble and astonishing generous one with a special and unforgettable sense of humor. Doug always surprised me with how much he knew about so many things. He shared his knowledge without the slightest hint of arrogance and always with a smile. He had a unique sense of humor and often used it to draw analogies to explain complex scientific facts, mathematics, history, politics, language rules, etc. I often remember our discussions about these serious and perhaps dull subjects. Each time get a good laugh thanks to Doug's sense of humor. There are a lot of geniuses in this world, but not many who are kind, generous, and funny like Doug.

Doug, let's hope at least half the people are right and that there is some kind of life on the other side. In that case, we should have plenty of time to continue our conversations, learn, and laugh while we are at it. Maybe we can even learn Heavenese together.
August 8, 2014
Sorry, I forgot to put my name and city in my entry below.
August 8, 2014
I, like Jane, met Doug in Prague in 1976, where he became a friend of mine, too. His sense of humor kept us laughing, and it was one of the most memorable summers I ever had. Never a dull moment. We stayed in touch all these years, and I always enjoyed his funny letters, phone calls, and visits. Doug had a full life, well lived, he traveled the world and made innumerable friends. I am honored that he considered me one of them, and I will miss him greatly... "Na shledanou," my friend.
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