page is dedicated to the memory of Paul Allen Rice.
into this world Jan 26 1964 - he left us Feb. 8 2005)
the contents of this home page will change, and once again I will
display pictures of my beautiful show dogs, this page will be forever
dedicated to the guy that first put us on the net.
Paul Rice? I suppose he was different things to different people. To me
he was a friend as well as the guy who ran the server that my Pomeranian
email discussion list ran on. He was incredibly dependable. Johnny on the spot when one of his friends and/or customers needed
met Paul on an email list in 1998 where an earlier host had opened a
list for us list owners to get together and help each other with the
details of operating a majordomo mailing list. Paul was at the core of
that list. When that company dumped the mailing lists, Paul picked up
the pieces, and on Dec.18th 1999 he created a small mailing list/website
hosting business. On Dec. 21st
1999, he gave us our own little mailing list for majordomo list owners. He
named it vlowners and hosted it on his new servers.
For me it
had become a home away from home on the net. Until recently that small
group of us came together almost daily for all those years, often having
many off topic discussions. Paul had a tremendous amount of patience.
Over the years someone like that becomes a regular character in your
life. You get used to that, often taking them for granted.
wasn't much that was computer/internet related, that Paul Rice couldn't
do. He was always there. When you called on him he answered, never
putting anyone off. Besides being a great place to host a list, he was
the one who first launched this website.
one of the wittiest people I ever knew. Quick with a come back, never
lacking in humor.
always went well with Paul at the wheel. He was real good at running
things behind the scenes, and on our vlowners list, he WAS the scene. If
I needed any help I could always catch him in an email or find him on ICQ message.
day in late Jan.2005, everyone's lists started to malfunction. At first
we sort of waited, so sure Paul knew what was going on and would have
things in order soon.
4th I sent him an email message: << Paul, I am actually growing concerned
for your well being. It is not at all like you to not reply. I am truly
concerned. I understand if you are burned out, but please let me know
that you are ok >>
group began to email Paul and get no reply we all grew very
concerned. When I telephoned him at home, he had just walked in with his
mom. He'd been in the hospital for 9 days having had a massive heart
attack on Jan.24th 2005. He told me he was planned for by pass surgery
sometime soon. The call was brief, and although I didn't know how we'd do
it without him, I left the phone telling him not to worry about
anything, we were managing.
Paul would do what he could, when he was able. That was the essence of
who he was. At around 2:40 in the afternoon on Feb. 7th I messaged him
<< Paul, Everyone
KNOWS you will do what you can (we are all thinking about you)
we just don't know if you even realize the lists are all down? It
doesn't do any good for us to email the off topic list because
nobody knows anymore than the next one:) Just nod >>
it is something i am working on
I knew that :)
came in from Paul via ICQ at 7:40 pm central time on Feb 7, 2005:
<< Cross your fingers. My tech in Vegas did "something" and it looks like
it opened the floodgate. I see a ton of list mail going through. I can't
promise it's permanent but it looks like we may have found the
enough it appeared as if things were going to smooth right out, but those
thoughts were short lived. It never happened.... ...would never
Feb.8th the list server was seriously malfunctioning, sending out
dozens of copies of the same email posts over and over to some of the
subscribers. I waited patiently.... Paul would know what to do.
want to press him after what we learned about his state of health, so
just a gentle email to make certain he was aware of things... and wait.
Into the afternoon, and then into the next day, and the next ... and no
reply. This wasn't like Paul.
went by, one after another with no word from him. Some of our list group
vlowners were gathered on the internet discussion list into the wee
hours of the morning between Feb 10th and 11th not knowing what to do.
Several had sent an email to Paul, yet nobody heard a word from the most
dependable guy we ever knew.
it must have been quite late, and growing even more worried when on
Feb.12th in the wee hours of the morning I hammered out an ICQ message
to Paul and then emailed the following message to the group of us who were still
up worrying and wondering what to do:
<< I was
so close to phoning him tonight... it is simply not like him to not
reply. I see him on ICQ but it is set to "Not Available"... something is
surely wrong ...>>
I left him this ICQ message:
<<Paul, people are worried about YOU. It's more than the stupid lists...
we are VERY concerned. I'm calling tomorrow. Is your mom alone
other than having you? Please tell me if I can help at all in any way,
you are our friend not just a business. >>
us ever heard from Paul Allen Rice again
as it broke daylight on Feb.12th 2005 I telephoned his home for the last
time, to hear his mother's soft, broken voice speak the dreaded words "We buried Paul yesterday morning"
been an extremely sad time, and I don't think any of the vlowners group,
his customers or his friends will ever forget the time we spent with
former group from vlowners are currently gathered on a small list . Some
of us had been gathered together since 1998. Some plan to reunite. If
we manage to stay together, I am certain that Paul will still be at the
core of our group.
...Thanks for everything. You were the best at what you did. The very
best. Take care buddy. Someday when we meet again I'll have the chance
to tell you just how very much I appreciated all your efforts, your
time, the humor you brought... how incredible. Goodbye my friend...
... Jessie Klein