Len had an Internet life over the last few years as curmudgeon and gadfly on a discussion board called Yosemite News and Discussion where I met him.
We had numerous sidebar discussions through email and learned that we had shared college years at UC Berkeley which allowed for many reminiscences and much nostalgia. He extended a lot of personal good will, corrected some of my arithmetic calculations in my posts, displayed a good-natured, teasing humor, and rekindled my interest in Richard Brautigan's poetry.
During my many trips to California, I thought about stopping by and saying “Hello”. Upon hearing of his death, it was a shock to me to realize that we had never really met face to face or even exchanged words on the phone. Yet, I felt like I knew him in many ways and feel some personal regret that I never got to meet him for lunch.
Whenever a kindred spirit dies, it creates a big hole in the heart. Many of us sense the great loss he must be for his “real” family and friends and our thoughts are with you.