With respect, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!



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With respect, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:44:25 PM »
Howdy my GTA family. Any of you that have been around from the old GTA Forum days may remember I can get long winded telling my stories. For those of you that are not familiar, I try to give you details to bring you along on my adventures. I could apologize for being so long winded in my writings but sometimes it is necessary. I ask that you please indulge me and read this one to the end.
Again, some of you have heard this story. For the repetition, I'm sorry, but I need to rehash it for the sake of those new family members and those that aren't familiar.
Back several years ago at our annual Fun Shoot, Gene and Bob pulled me aside and dragged me to a Mexican restaurant. After bribing me with a great meal, the conversation turned to managing GTA Forums. They both stated they were old and knew they would not be around forever and they needed to know they had someone that could hand their creation off to. I chuckled, we were NOT losing these guys any time soon. But they asked if I were willing to accept the task. I was totally speechless (if you can imagine that from me) for several seconds while my mind was literally flooded with a variety of thoughts and emotions. I came to GTA Forums back in 2009 and the largest reason for joining was reading the fascinating projects and creations of Mr. Gene Curtis. I wanted to learn and hoped by some magic, that his creative touch would wear off on me if I stuck around long enough. Mr. Bob Werner was and still is a highly respected airgun tuner and the creator of the BEST darn trigger on the market for any airgun it fits. I admire both of these gentlemen for what they have set their minds and hearts to do. And we are here as proof of their dedication to the airgun sport. They created our home, GTA International Airgun Forums. It was an honor to be sitting across from these two icons of the airgun world and have them asking me to take their creation and run with it. I have to say I was also scared. Could I do it? Can I do it justice? Will they respect me tomorrow??? LOL
We have assembled a great staff to help run GTA Forums. I respect each and every person that steps forward with love and dedication to this sport and our home that want to volunteer their time to help it flourish. This place cannot be what it is without dedicated volunteers. I am VERY thankful every day for their valuable time.
Now to the real reason for my ramblings. It really is my pride and honor to call Gene and Bob my friends. I cannot express the gratitude and honor of their asking me to take over managing this forum. I cannot express in words what these two have meant to me personally as well as to the ENTIRE airgun community. And also the honor of just being a part of something so extraordinary that they have built. When we are no longer on this earthly plane, we can only HOPE that we are spoken of with respect and honor. I can only pray that most folks will be able to say something good about me when I am gone. But I am posting this because I do not believe we should express our respect, admiration, honor and love for these two after they leave us. Yes, we will continue to do so but here is a chance to tell them NOW. Just in case they are really busy on the other side and can't hear us.
I am a man but I'm also not ashamed to say I love these two. They have touched my life and made a good mark on it that will never be forgotten.



Thank you Gene and Bob!!!!
If you have something you would like to add or say, please do so. This is a thread to honor these two icons and to show them our appreciation for this home of ours they built!!!!
GOD Bless!!!!
Dave

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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2014, 10:54:24 PM »
Yes we can't thank Bob and Gene enough for the GTA a home away from home for many of us. Thank you so much Bob and Gene!
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014, 10:59:18 PM »
I have learned a great many things from this forum and the people on it, especially from Gene.  It was fantastic to meet him in person in 2014 and see that he is an ornery old coot like I intend to be, with a smile that makes you shake your head and chuckle back at him.  He was generous with his time, knowledge and even his possessions and I thank him for that.

I don't know bob, though have seen his work and appreciate his expertise and also friendly helpful spirit.

Thank you both for all you have taught me and will continue to teach others through this forum.  Your kind spirits and friendly ribbing always made me smile.

I am better for knowing you.
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2014, 11:01:07 PM »
I would also like to thank you also Mr. Dave. Gene speaks very highly of you as well. I would also like to thank you for not evicting me. :)

Those two men of which you spoke built a very nice place, where we can unwind, enjoy company of others, and learn about a hobby we really enjoy. At the end of our lives we learn what is really important, and it is not the job we work at but the lives we touch on our journey.
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2014, 11:11:45 PM »
Mr. Bob and Mr. Gene, thank you both so very much for the years of dedicated service that you have given to this sport. Without your vision, this forum would not exist and I would have never gotten the chance to meet either of you. Although its only been a few personal meetings, I consider both of you friends for life. You have both, in your own ways, helped me enjoy this sport even more than I already did. It's truly been an honor and a privilege meeting and spending time with yall. If I ever learn one quarter of the airgun information that yall have forgotten, I'd be the dadgumdest airgun mechanic on earth. I am very proud to know you both and to be able to call you friends.
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2014, 11:24:47 PM »
 ;D Gene and Bob thank you for the GTA I have found new friends and actually met some face to face and enjoyed a day of shooting with them . Shared old stories with many of my friends here as well so again thank you both for this wonderful forum and thank you Dave for being the person willing to pick up the torch and continue the fine traditions that the GTA was founded upon. Thank you for also answering some of my newbie questions and thank you all for letting me be a member of this family as well
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2014, 11:26:49 PM »
A very big thank you, Bob and Gene!
Like others have said, this like a second home to me.
And a big thank you to you Dave!!
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2014, 11:33:52 PM »
Thank you for all you have done! As a new commer, you sure know how to make me feel welcome and it's for this reason alone this place is unique on the Internet. You are all an amazing source of information and I am truly grateful for all your incredible work.

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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2014, 12:08:27 AM »
If you look up airguns in the dictionary you should see a picture of Bob and Gene. I spoke with Bob a very long time ago on the phone about his trigger when I was a noob and he was very helpful and didn't make me feel like I was wasting his time. I've also talked with, bought from, sold to and traded with Gene on many occasions and was treated like family. These guys have put so much of their time, money and lives into the airgun community and this Forum and created the best place to learn and make new friends.

The GTA is a great place to be. Thank You Bob and Gene for all you've done for us all.
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2014, 12:09:54 AM »
The old saying: lead, follow, or get out of the way comes to mind.  Gene and Bob created this forum and lead it for years, and Dave, now you have stepped up to fill some mighty big boots.  And you are doing it admirably, as Bob and Gene still do some leading behind the scenes.

In my book, Gene and Bob are two great men, great leaders with vision, a willingness to share knowledge, the ability to create a friendly and safe place, and the never-ending tenacity to get the job done.  I feel very fortunate just to have met these two fine gentleman face to face.  To say that their forum changed my life might seem like a bit of a stretch, but it is the honest truth.

Gene and Bob, I sincerely thank you.

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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2014, 12:16:40 AM »
Thank you Bob and Gene. The fact that nearly all internet searches for air gun information lead to the GTA is testimony to the fact that you have literally "grown" the sport by creating and nurturing a friendly place for learning and sharing.   
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2014, 12:21:37 AM »
I've only been into air guns about a year and a half but have grown to love it. I couldn't enjoy as much as I do without GTA. Thanks guys. Tim.
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2014, 12:30:23 AM »
we are lucky to have this place

and we know who we owe it to!!!!!!      8)

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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2014, 12:46:51 AM »
I am relatively new to all of this but i have to say thanks to these two men for starting this and to all the members I have come to know. Thanks to you all.
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2014, 01:00:44 AM »
we are lucky to have this place

and we know who we owe it to!!!!!!      8)


+1

Also, thank you Dave, and all of the Mods too!

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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2014, 01:30:44 AM »
GTA has had an unquestionably large influence on the entire science and art of airguns, reaching across the world and placing its mark on the history of the sport.  I have no doubt that any major manufacturer or player in the industry listens carefully to what is said here.  Of course the most important aspect is the friendly community of like-minded individuals to share, discuss, and bug the heck out of with my newbie questions!

Thanks to all of you!   
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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2014, 02:55:24 AM »
Mahalo nui loa to two great haole gentlemen.  Aloha and hope you live long to enjoy your accomplishments.
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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2014, 03:32:41 AM »
To Gene and Bob,

Thanks for creating and providing the coolest (and my most favorite place to hang out).
Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.
Thanks for the education, insight and experiences.
Thanks for your stories.
Thanks for your patience with us newbies.
Thanks for the camaraderie you have created here.
Thanks for it all,..

 ...And to DEz,
Thanks for this thread.

sincerely,
Ron

P.S.- Don't you guys think it would be a cool thing to see Paul Capello do a "round table chat" video with Bob, Gene, Tom, and maybe a few other guys too ? How about add in a few personalities like Manny, Ted, and Lloyd too ?

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Re: With resepct, admiration, honor and yes, a little love!!!
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2014, 03:46:55 AM »
Kudos to Bob and Gene for their work promoting airgunning and creating this site.  And kudos also to all the moderators, administrators, and respected gurus that make and maintain this such a great gathering place.

Lets not talk about anyone going anywhere soon, except to our respective favourite shooting grounds, and continue to promote this insanely addictive pastime.
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« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2014, 04:19:39 AM »
In this case speechless is ok !!  Well deserved !!  Both are great folks and I am also happy to be a member of this outstanding forum.

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