Sun Jul 3rd, 2022 at 01:17:09 PM EST
Three weeks ago, ET old-timer (in more ways than one: he had been around for nearly 15 years, and he considered himself an old man already then) ARGeezer passed away.
Please use this as a memorial thread.
ARGeezer was one of two grumpy Americans on this site who put 'geezer' in their user name. His real name was Don Davis and he had been an engineer (I believe, sound engineer) in California. He decided to retire in Arkansas shortly before the post-2007 financial crisis. He spoke fondly of the Ozarks region where he grew up and retired to.
Don was always a radical and a progressive with a keen understanding of lefty politics and economics. His lived perspective and his knowledge of 20th century American history were always a valuable addition to any discussion on this site. In later years he had aligned quite clearly with the progressive/Bernie wing of the Democratic party. While he and I may not always have seen eye-to-eye on some issues, I feel like we learned a lot from each other over the years, and he will be missed. I would have loved to meet him had I taken an extended road trip around the US as I kept fantasising to do. The trip may yet take place, but sadly the meeting with Don won't.
Along with many of the site regulars he had largely migrated to Facebook where we kept in touch and discussed current affairs. But he continued to post the occasional diary here. Having been a "geezer" for over 15 years, his health was not always the best. At some point in the past decade he was at risk of losing both feet from a rare condition, which motivated him to provide a sharp critique of the US healthcare system. Recently he appears to have been battling lung cancer, though I didn't take notice of it until after his death - he may not have shared that he was sick. As recently as March he was still posting about US politics and economics on Facebook. Then in May I missed his wife's report that he had moved to hospice care. On June 10th, he passed away - peacefully, we're told.