So, we sat, we talked, and we got to know Craig and Patty. Patty even bought some earrings from my wife, if I recall correctly. They were wonderful people to know. When I think back on how I got started, I credit my early success primarily to just a few big helpers - Paul Perri for teaching me how to make pipes, Mark Tinsky for answering a lot of other pipemaking questions back in the days before there were any internet tutorials for this stuff, and Craig and Patty for helping me out with the early exposure that got my work known. I feel like I owe pretty much all my success today to these folks. I could say a lot of high praise about Craig because he was a genuinely good guy, but I'll sum it up really simple.
Craig, we'll miss you.