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April 15, 2009
I corresponded with John which must have been a few days before his death. I was interested in his five-string ukulele that he had put up for sale on fleamarketmusic.com and asked him a few questions about the instrument. He was so generous in responding not only to my original questions but to those following the news that he had already sold the ukulele just minutes before I had written to him. I was struck then, as I was at the Portland Ukulele Festival, at what a generous person he was. Given his talent and his expertise on the ukulele, he really did not have to spend the kind and amounts of time he did with others who were much less talented and accomplished than he---but he always did! He was always so approachable and so generous in his art. Fortunately, before he died I was able to at least tell him of my appreciation for his talent when I wrote that whenever anyone denigrated the ukulele as a serious musical instrument, I always referred such skeptics to his playing. He was a giant in the ukulele world and will be remembered as long as that marvelous little but oh so expressive instrument remains a part of our musical culture.
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