In Memory of Richard A. Fanning (1956 - 1993)
I met my dear friend, Rich Fanning, shortly before Election Day 1984.
We were coworkers at Intran Corporation. We became great friends while
working on a forms design software package called MetaForm, written in
C and running on an early version of Sun workstations. We enjoyed the
Far Side and Ernie Pooks Comeeks
(by the great Lynda Barry), dining at Applebee's, and drinking at Bennigan's.
We made jokes about evil twins, bad spelling, fashion no-nos, and argyle
Here's Rich's favorite Far Side EVER. My apologies to Gary Larson for
not contacting him personally to see if I can use his cartoon on this
page. I hope he will understand.
Here's Rich working on his "winter" car in the Intran parking
lot; October 1986, Minnetonka, Minnesota. It was an awful shade of green,
but it ran and who cared if it got covered in salt during the messy Minnesota
When I moved to Dallas in 1987, Rich volunteered to help drive the Ryder
truck down with me. He brought his boom box and we enjoyed some Peter
Gabriel, Patsy Cline, and Eurythmics tunes. We stopped in Kansas City for
dinner and then somewhere in Oklahoma for a spectacular view of dawn breaking
over the hills.
Rich moved to the Bay Area to work for Island Graphics in 1988. Here's
Rich standing beside his year-round car (an MR2) in a beach parking lot; May 1992,
California coast. This was the last time I saw Rich before he died. I
had a three-hour layover in San Francisco on my way to San Diego, so Rich
packed a picnic lunch for us (with two kinds of everything: breads, cheeses,
meats, condiments, cookies, fruit, soft drinks, and wine). We both got
sunburned (even though it was overcast) and we had a wonderful time.
My dear friend, Rich Fanning, passed away on February 3, 1993. I will
miss him forever.
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