So sad when the best of us leaves.
Those that stay clan-leader with respect and for so long, prove their worth as a human-being in a very public way.
Imagine telling a young Sparky that one day he will create a multinational-legacy of friends and fun, that will live on beyond his years, and carry his name and attitude into the future.
He would have laughed at the idea, but look at what his simple pursuit of fun and most importantly, the sharing of fun has created.
I regret not being an active member here, as I have missed the chance to pick his brains. So I hope the rest of you were paying attention, as you are part of his legacy.
It saddens me to see the growing amount of U-servers over the years with R.I.P. or dedicated to the memory of..., but it also warms my heart every time, as every time I join one of those servers, I know I am partaking in something loved by someone, who was also loved and much missed.
Each time my old Unreal friends get ill I quietly panic, as those old-farts that stand the test of time, are usually the most valuable.
They are the beacons of light in the dark, and they leave light and enlightenment in their wake.
Old Sparky was such a beacon, and look around. His light still glows, and his spark will live on way into the dawn of Unreal (which I suspect will outlive us all).
Certain things have been a constant over the years. Beacons you could get your bearings from.
For me it was this place for Unreal, and Hooks house for UT. If I can see those lights burning I know the Unreal world is still alive and friendly (That is why I finally stopped lurking.)
We don't get long-service medals and badges of honour, but people like OldSparky, Smirftch, Hook, Hermski and Beagle should all be wearing a chest full.
We don't have a wall of honour for our fallen heros, we have our websites.
Can I suggest a collar and lead with the tag OldSparky be hung on a peg in the corner of the site ?
Perhaps at some point a tribute map may also be in order ?