Dear fellow FishDuckians,
Tuesday July 20th was a sad day for our community, with Charles’ announcement regarding the future of the site, and his dramatically reduced involvement in it. The good news in all of this, is what happened in the blog below the article. I spent most of Tuesday reading all of those comments. I was impressed not only by the expressions of love for Charles, and all of the sacrifices that he has made over the past decade in getting FishDuck.com to where it is today, but also by the level of interest that surfaced surrounding the notion of somehow keeping our community alive.
If you are reading this, perhaps you are one of those who would be interested and willing to give it a shot, and join together with other like-minded Duck fans? Perhaps we can make something wonderful emerge.
Clearly, we have a limited window of time to get something going. Discussions need to begin as soon as possible. For this reason I have taken it upon myself to be involved as merely one of the initial coordinators. I absolutely do not see myself as starting another site, identical to FishDuck, with Lou Farnsworth as Charles Fischer–redivivus. If a viable sized group of folks can come together, who want to pursue that goal, then other leadership/coordinators can emerge, and perhaps we can create that ongoing community.
Personally, what I envision is a new, community driven, grass roots site, with a new name, with shared leadership and rotating responsibilities. Perhaps with articles that are posted not by a staff of writers, but by a wide range of members of the community. The articles would have to be vetted and edited of course, for obvious reasons, but would allow for a continuation of the kind of discussions, (in a safe, civil, mature manner), that we have come to love so much.
Perhaps a forum could also be created to allow for full discussion of all the events of the day surrounding Our Beloved Ducks? I have lots of ideas, and I suspect that you do as well. Lets get a steering committee started, and begin the process.
If what I shared here resonates at all with you, please call or text me at 951-217-1448. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to learn what you are thinking, and what vision you have for going forward from here.
With hopeful expectations for our community,
Lou was raised in Eugene. He moved there in 1959, at the age of nine, when his father joined the faculty at the U of O. The first Duck football game that he can remember occurred at Hayward field: a 1963 loss to San Jose State. After serving in the Army from 1968-70, he returned to Eugene, worked in the woods for a few years; and then eventually earned a degree in Mathematics Education from the U of O in 1976. For the past 43 years he has taught secondary mathematics, mostly in southern California. He lives there with Shawn, his wife of 37 years, who is also an Oregon alum. Together they have two sons and a daughter. He retired in June of 2019. When Shawn retires in June of 2021 they will be moving to Pueblo, Colorado.
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