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Word has just filtered through Twitter that Bob Pease was killed in a
car accident.
This one by the sounds of it:
http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_18310586?source=rss&nclick_check=1

In a sad twist, it is reported that he was returning from Jim Willam's
memorial.

A sad week indeed.

RIP Bob Pease.

Dave.

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Bob sure loved his old V-Dubs. Not the safest car on the road, had he been
belted into a late model car, he might have survived.
Damn shame, I'll miss that grumpy old fart...



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Yup, my daughter sheared off an 18+ inch pole (45 KV dual 3-phase
feeder, not just your typical residential pole) and flipped my Honda
Civic Hybrid a couple years ago.  She got out without a single scratch!
When we went to get personal stuff out of it, the doors still opened and
closed perfectly, even though it had rolled over and the roof was mashed
down about a foot.  I was amazed at the structural integrity of the
passenger compartment.

Of course, Bob could have had a medical problem that caused the wreck,
not the other way around.

Jon

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That's bad news. I haven't read any of his stuff for years but I used to
enjoy & get a chuckle out of his columns. RIP Bob.



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On Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:19:16 -0700 (PDT), "David L. Jones"

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That would be ironic, if he died in a single-car accident, not wearing
a seat belt. He "wrote the book" on safe driving.

John


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Just last month I purchased a hard cover copy of "How to Drive into
Accidents - And How Not to" directly from Pease. He sent me an
autographed copy.

That book was the first thing I thought about when I heard the news of
how he died. How ironic.

I graduated as an EE from MIT about four years earlier than Pease and
I'd met him several times over the years at those National Semiconductor
tours he used to do.

He certainly was a character. I'd written him maybe 20 years ago with a
comment about something he mentioned in one of his columns. He replied
almost immediately in a very complimentry manner. But, in the envelope
along with his letter was a listing of the cars he'd seen pulled over by
the police in the last year, broken down by number according to the
color of the cars. That one left me scratching my head.

RIP Bob, I hope I'll meet up with you again when it's time for me to
head upstairs.

Jeff

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Jeffry Wisnia
(W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
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On Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:14:33 -0700, the renowned John Larkin

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Assuming it happened.. and if it was accidental.


Best regards,
Spehro Pefhany
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On Mon, 20 Jun 2011 01:26:40 -0400, Spehro Pefhany

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Yes.  Almost sounds like suicide by car :-(

We had one of those here a little more than a year ago... a guy
traveling 100+ for many miles suddenly crosses median to head-on a
monster dump truck.
        
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On Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:38:07 -0700, Jim Thompson


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Or, more probably stroke or heart attack.

Jim

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On Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:56:55 -0700, RST Engineering

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Could well be. AFAIUI, his health was not the best.


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On Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:10:57 -0400, Spehro Pefhany

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One of the reports mentioned his wife saying something about a heart
attack.  Losing a dear friend may have provoked a heart attack.  I do
know that Bob mentioned diabetes in a recent column.  Diabetes can
aggravate heart issues.
        
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On Mon, 20 Jun 2011 01:26:40 -0400, Spehro Pefhany

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The accident report did not specify the condition of the road surface.

The VW Beatle with the engine behind, is really nasty to drive on wet
or icy surfaces.

In bad weather conditions VW Beatle is like driving a hammer with the
handle in front of you and the back is trying to overtake you :-)


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I've seen various modifiers, such as "driveway", which makes me
suspect a health event.  When you've driven a VW as long as Bob had (I
drove a Renault Dauphine for about 8 years) you don't casually swap
ends.  Sounds like health "event", dead at wheel, miss turn, hit
tree... nothing otherwise makes sense.
        
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Well, it's Kalifornia so I doubt the weather would be what I would
call bad, but point taken.

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Yeah, I know-- one of my good friends perished in one of those things
when we were in high school (it was just a used car back then, not an
antique). Blizzard conditions.

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And the gas tank is in front. 8-(


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I found the old VW Beattle to be pretty good in snow.  They generally
would go in snow until the height of the snow was such that it piled
up in front of the bumper.

                                                               Dan


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On Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:50:30 -0700 (PDT), " snipped-for-privacy@krl.org"

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   B E E T L E    damnit!  They are NOT musicians!

  You guys should try words you do not know on a google search line, and
watch the spell check pop into place.

  But then... the world is full of gang boy idiots these days.  Same type
of folks that ran Princess Di into the pylon.  Thick skulled playbabies.

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Not if you perform good threshold braking. You learn to keep your
intervals in a Bug. And if you have discs in the front, they shut down
pretty quickly.

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Les Cargill

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The bay area weather over the weekend was balmy. No rain, let alone
ice or snow.

I've driven that road to the Mountain Winery, but only for concerts,
i.e. the traffic was very heavy so your speed was limited.

You can have Los Gatos, Saratoga, and the Santa Cruz mountains. The
roads are very dangerous. But the Mountain Winery is a great place to
hear a concert.


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On Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:17:52 -0700 (PDT), " snipped-for-privacy@sushi.com"

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What surprised me, when I moved to California, is how many really
hairy roads, where a second's inattantion will pitch you 400 feet down
into the ocean, don't have guard rails.

John


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