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Tom Dark

Dear Readers:

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Last week I was saddened to hear about the death of Tom Dark, one of the Far Flung Correspondents on RogerEbert.com. Like some of the other FFC's, Roger met Tom through his writings on the web, and Tom became one of the regulars at Ebertfest, the Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Roger enjoyed the rather eccentric give and take with Tom, who remained a man of mystery, often writing about his life in the desert of the Southwest with his wife, his horses and his profession as a literary agent. In person Tom was a warm man with the eager friendliness of a big dog who didn't know how large and strong he was. Online he sometimes stirred controversies with his theories. One can say that he was never boring. His writings about Ebertfest are interesting to read and one such article is referenced here.

Tom died of complications from undiagnosed diabetes.

A couple of our Correspondents have written about Tom and I would like to share their remembrances today. You can read remembrances from Michael Mirasol and Seongyong Cho. We send our sincere condolences to Tom's wife, Catt and his family.

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Deepest Sympathy,

Chaz

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