I use his posts as a Q&A database. It's awesome. Almost every question had been concisely answered at some point. Yet, the new discussions start every once in a while and I'm like "WTF why? Ron answered this in 2011". I guess re-hasing topics is part of the fun. Examples include using a stop bath after a C41 developer, pre-washing, cross-processing ECN-2 in C41, the Mowrey Database has all the answers!
I have had numerous meetings with Ron when attending annual meetings of the Biological Photographic Association. Ron (a.k.a "Chemical Engineer" was the 'expert' to who I turned when (by mistake) I poured some used fixer into a half filled carboy of paper developer (before I went to making to the majority of my print using the so-called "archaic print processes") About 5 to 7days later I found a black precipitate (around 3 to 4 inches that had 'settled' to the bottom of the carboy, so...
I had the chance to go out to lunch with him last May with a friend who is also a photo-enthusiast. We visited his house and saw his dark room, which was to me like playing Chopin's piano. He had trouble walking and questioned whether he would make it through another winter. But his spirit was so upbeat !! His book might be the best on emulsion-making. He had a second volume halfway written.
He had a model train set layout in the basement and shelves full of paperback science fiction. He also had an enlargement of the launch of Friendship 7 which he took himself and which was signed by John Glenn.
The members of APUG will appreciate how much he will be missed.
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