Brooksie was my, mentor, boss, conspirator, and friend. We first met through my brother Tom, got closer, when I interviewed him for a high school writing project, and became closest when I worked for him as manager of the Rongo in the early 80s. He taught me too many lessons to count. He was hilariously funny, told great rousing stories, was forgiving of my many errors, and was generous in teaching me about business, mixology - and even fixing a busted toilet. KWAK!