Krista, how sad to hear of your grandfather's health! Thank you for posting. We all wish he were well and enjoying life, and posting his vignettes here from time to time.
Keith, your many stories comprise one of the truly great threads here on Cloudy Nights Classics Forum. To hear so much history, from one who lived it, is at the heart of this forum's purpose. That said, the lessons you left here are transcendent in their constant theme of the value of friendship above all else. You travelled the heavens, seeing far more than most who came before, yet valued the companionship of those with whom you invented the field far beyond whatever you saw together. So many of your stories lamented that, in recalling those whom you had been unable to see for so long, you wanted only, somehow, for the universe to "just give me my friends."
I am sure that everyone here wished it would have been possible to have known you personally, but with an online forum traversing such vast distances over the Earth, most of us (all of us?) were privileged to have known you only from your delightfully engaging, historically important writing, which we shall preserve. Online friends are not quite like friends-in-person, because we know so much less about each other than one would come to know in daily life. Still, somehow, online friends are real, in the sense of being free to share an admittedly arcane interest, with the like-minded followers from everywhere joined in a way that would not be possible in person. You found friends here, earning our profound respect and affection through your kindness, determination, charm, and your writing's revelations of the previously unknown, otherwise unknowable details of how you and your friends developed classic amateur astronomy.
Thank you for your time here, and all the fine stories spoken so clearly. I wish you well, and much comfort. This is a thread I re-read, so I'll be thinking of you again, always wishing that, by whatever welcome surprise of the universe, a new tale of yours might appear, even as I shall always be grateful for all you have already given.