“Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated”

Actually, I hate to have to bring up the famous quote you’ve no doubt heard that Mark Twain made in 1897, however, for the same reason Mr. Twain made that statement, we at the Feather River Rail Society make the same statement regarding our founder, Norman Holmes, who is getting quite the chuckle over rumors of his death throughout the past 6 months.  I can assure you, Norm is very much alive and well and has no plans to pull the pin on life any time soon.  In fact, I often wonder, given his tenacity and spirit, if he might just outlive me.

Apparently Trains Magazine’s newswire posted an obituary for Norm about 6 months or so ago.  As much as we appreciate the concern for our friend, understandably, it freaked us out.  We thought we had in fact lost Norm.  However, when calling his lovely wife Barbara, when Norm answered the phone, well, obviously, joy is not a strong enough word.  By the end of the call, everybody was laughing.  Since then however, every couple of weeks, emails and message board posts make the rounds, AGAIN, and folks get really upset.  Yes.  We all really do love you Norm.

Now, since we have established the fact that Norm is very much alive and well, can we please put these rumors to rest before folks really get upset?  Thanks!

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