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    I miss my friend...

    When GMC passed away, many of us lost a dear friend, and an invaluable resource. A few weeks before he passed away, he sent me a package. I knew what it was, as we had discussed it, but still, I have been driving around with it in my car, unopened, for the last few months.

    This morning, I opened it. It was the last supply of "How to Pass the ABO" books that he had written. We had sold these together, as we had talked often of starting a venture where we host speaking engagements for future opticians. To be truthfull, I love to travel and make money, but Gary's motivation was singularly focused on helping others.

    Although it was Gary's intention, there is no way that I can sell these books. It would defeat the purpose of why he wrote it. I would like to offer these books for free to anyone who thinks they can be of use to them. The only thing I ask is that you pass them on to someone else when you are through. I will even pay for shipping.

    Just send me a PM, and I'll send one out to you. I have about 20 of them.

    Oh, and keep in touch with your friends - always.
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    Great idea John.... and Gary's legacy will go on.
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    What a thoughtful idea! I'm sure anyone looking to take the ABO would appreciate it and it is a touching way to honor him.

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    This was a very touching post. What a great friendship you two must've have. And this is a definitely a great way to honor him.

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    I am interested in receiving one of the books you friend has written. It sounds like you were great friends and his helpfulness and caring personality will be missed by all. His efforts will carry on forever in his publications.
    Quote Originally Posted by Johns View Post
    When GMC passed away, many of us lost a dear friend, and an invaluable resource. A few weeks before he passed away, he sent me a package. I knew what it was, as we had discussed it, but still, I have been driving around with it in my car, unopened, for the last few months.

    This morning, I opened it. It was the last supply of "How to Pass the ABO" books that he had written. We had sold these together, as we had talked often of starting a venture where we host speaking engagements for future opticians. To be truthfull, I love to travel and make money, but Gary's motivation was singularly focused on helping others.

    Although it was Gary's intention, there is no way that I can sell these books. It would defeat the purpose of why he wrote it. I would like to offer these books for free to anyone who thinks they can be of use to them. The only thing I ask is that you pass them on to someone else when you are through. I will even pay for shipping.

    Just send me a PM, and I'll send one out to you. I have about 20 of them.

    Oh, and keep in touch with your friends - always.

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    I have a (very) few left. When responding, please PM, and include your address.
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    Centrasota

    My address is:
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    3950 8th St N, Suite 103
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    Attn : Gail

    Thank You!!!!

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    I would love one! My address is:
    Glusman Vision Center
    105 W I-65 Service Road N
    Mobile, AL 36608

    Thanks!
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    For those who do not know pm means private message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmcdonald View Post
    For those who do not know pm means private message.

    I'm so sorry! I should have read more closely. Sending you a pm.

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    Johns,

    Thanks for excellent study guide that has my two optician apprentices very happy. Recieved today

    Great legacy

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    Johns,

    Reading your original post for the second time today just wanted me to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a caring guy. We have only met twice in person but this post is how I see you as a man who gives first in everything he does.
    Since I try to live my life in such a manner and hope the world knows that; it is an honor and pleasure to know you for who you are and what you try to do in your life for others.
    Money is only a by-product of success and success has nothing to do with $$.

    Respectfully,
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    Thanks Craig. I have been blessed beyond belief, and in particular by the likes of Gary and others. Working with Gary on the SAO, he'd often say, "I don't care how this is going to affect us, I'm worried about those coming after us." I'm just carrying out his wishes.

    Luke 12:48 "To whom much is given, much will be expected."
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    Johns, thank you so much for not only being one of the smartest Opticians in this business, but also one of the most personable and compassionate. You rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johns View Post
    Thanks Craig. I have been blessed beyond belief, and in particular by the likes of Gary and others. Working with Gary on the SAO, he'd often say, "I don't care how this is going to affect us, I'm worried about those coming after us." I'm just carrying out his wishes.

    Luke 12:48 "To whom much is given, much much will be expected."
    Wow, that's a nice tribute. I received the book yesterday and have plans for Gary's book. I'll keep you posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johns View Post
    Thanks Craig. I have been blessed beyond belief, and in particular by the likes of Gary and others. Working with Gary on the SAO, he'd often say, "I don't care how this is going to affect us, I'm worried about those coming after us." I'm just carrying out his wishes.

    Luke 12:48 "To whom much is given, much much will be expected."
    Thank you, John! You make us all better every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeOptics View Post
    I received the book yesterday and have plans for Gary's book. I'll keep you posted.
    I was hoping to see this. And it's in the right guys hands!

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    John,

    You are Awesome.

    If you have any left, I would like to keep one in our optical department library, for our students to use...not to take out (to risky for loss), but to use in our library for future years. Gary's legacy will live on.

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    Nicely said Johns and I'm especially happy to see Laurie posting again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Fester View Post
    I was hoping to see this. And it's in the right guys hands!
    Thanks, for Darryl's legacy I made an app that is in the download directory. I want to do something different for Gary, I am thinking AR that supplements the book with additional resources. Now that I have a copy I can make that happen.
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    Johns, if you have one left I would like a copy, Funny, I need to retake the test! Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeOptics View Post
    Thanks, for Darryl's legacy I made an app that is in the download directory. I want to do something different for Gary, I am thinking AR that supplements the book with additional resources. Now that I have a copy I can make that happen.
    If you need help, lemme know!I am a retired ophthalmic educator, and a current trade magazine writer. I have loads of info that I did for students that is still current. I'd like to contribute this (if needed) for any ongoing publications for students. I'm sure Laurie Pierce will help too.
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