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Phil Stooke
post Sep 30 2011, 02:01 PM
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Starting a new thread - I was wondering about one particular person, once a prominent member... but I thought others might have similar questions so I'm giving this a generic title.

So - whatever happened to Doug van Dorn? He hasn't posted since 2009, and he seems to have disappeared from everywhere else as well, including a blog he started up about that time with a post saying 'this is my first post, it won't be my last' (but it was).

Any news would be appreciated.

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post Sep 30 2011, 06:36 PM
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I recently wondered the same thing. He used to be one of the top posters on sci.space but hasn't posted there since 2006.


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post Sep 30 2011, 08:43 PM
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Yeah, I ponder that from time to time as well.

Hopefully, he's all right. But, <shrug> people do move on to other things from time to time. Heck, even my once formidable posting rate has slowed, which admittedly has improved the forum's SNR. tongue.gif


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post Sep 30 2011, 10:06 PM
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And I'm sure we all appreciate it!

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post Sep 30 2011, 10:07 PM
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I assumed that 'oDoug' had had a disagreement with the mods re: forum rules and decided UMSF wasn't for him anymore. He's very passionate/vociferous about NASA funding issues and manned spaceflight, and these subjects are two of the prime 'Thou shalt not's' here. I seem to recall that he found it difficult to keep these issues out of some discussions.
I may be completely wrong on this however!

I rather miss his contributions, and was disappointed his own blog never got off the ground (no pun....etc etc) Hope you're well Doug and have simply switched to lurker-mode

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post Sep 30 2011, 10:36 PM
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QUOTE (jasedm @ Sep 30 2011, 03:07 PM) *
I assumed that 'oDoug' had had a disagreement with the mods re: forum rules and decided UMSF wasn't for him anymore.


To my knowledge, that didn't happen. From what I can tell, he simply stopped visiting all together towards the end of Sept '09. He did get the attention admins over a discussion about the DSN at the time, but was certainly not banned or told to leave, nor did he make any suggestion he was about to leave either.


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post Oct 1 2011, 12:09 PM
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That's true, Doug, but I was concerned because he seemed to have disappeared from everywhere else as well.

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post Oct 1 2011, 03:09 PM
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Another I miss is Alex Blackwell. I remember that he gave up his account so that he could devote his time to more pressing issues, but I was hoping it would prove to be temporary. This thread is a nice idea. People do come and go - it certainly does happen, but we can recall their contributions now and then and extend our good wishes or our concern as the case may be. Pando's another - it was good to see him check in recently if only to say hello.
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