My buddy, CJ, passed away in July. I new him for almost 20 years. I'm still processing it. He was a regular at all the non San Diego shows mostly on the East Coast. His family has always been great and through this whole time continues to be. Since CJ was such a fixture at the shows his family and friends had the first CJ Con. We showed up at the house and there where all his books laid out con style. We got our badges and were directed to the food and the booze and later the live readings and of course the movie room.
Definitely not as sad as the funeral. In fact it was pleasant. We all told CJ stories and had good food and enjoyed all the people he inspired that were there. I can only hope I can inspire people even close to that. I guess looking back, CJ was a great success as a person. Not that it needed to be said, the evidence was all around. If you shook hands with CJ you both won.