A few weeks ago I was in the
Bay Area on business. I had an evening free, and since I always bring a small scope and mount with me I set
up in front of the Safeway in San Carlos to show people Jupiter and the first quarter Moon.
One lady spent quite a few minutes with me, and eventually told me at story. Twenty
or so years ago she had been walking in San Francisco and had come upon a group of sidewalk astronomers. John was among
them, and she remembered him being very kind and helpful to her young son who was looking throught a telescope for the first
time. She and John then exchanged a handshake. I explained as best I could to her John's contributions to the
hobby, and asked if I could shake her hand. I did so, and I can now say I shook the hand of someone who shook John's
hand, though I've never had the pleasure to meet him.