Dear Andrea, Emma and Lauren, I was so shocked and saddened to learn about John's passing. Although I was not close friends with John, I kept in touch with him occasionally after we graduated from SF State. Fate had a way of keeping our paths crossed throughout the years -- from the time I inherited his Antioch Speedway beat in the late 1990s to a random street encounter in Walnut Creek 5 years ago. In between, I worked in public relations for a nonprofit and asked John if he could donate racing tickets to our Silent Auction, which he enthusiastically did not once but twice. With each random meeting, the first thought that came to my mind was this: "Man, I have to do a better job of staying in touch with John. What a great guy!" Now, I can only lament not doing so. His smile, sense of humor and genuine outgoing personality are traits you wish you could find in everyone you meet. My thoughts and prayers are with you.