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#126 tim53


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 12:59 PM

I can't figure out how I managed to miss this entire thread!  No excuse, as these kinds of threads are so important to preserve the history of the great amateur telescope makers who've gone before.  Thank your grandfather for me (and all of us, I'm sure) for devoting so much of his time relaying his stories and showing us his pictures.  they're precious!!



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#127 John O'Hara

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 05:54 PM



Thanks for letting this online community know, and I'm sorry to hear of his condition.  He has deeply blessed us with his first hand knowledge of history in our pursuit.  Reading of his posts told stories that formed vivid images in my mind.  Images of telescopes and equipment created by a generation that did not have relatively inexpensive commercial equipment widely available, as we do today.  People like your grandfather are true pioneers.



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#128 Joe Cepleur

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:06 PM

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. 


Best regards, 


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Posted 20 August 2019 - 01:22 PM

Keith Parizek, my neighbor and friend, passed away peacefully on the morning of  Aug 14, surrounded by his family,  

Edited by SLarkin, 20 August 2019 - 01:23 PM.

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 02:13 PM

Very sorry to hear this, for you and his family. I really enjoyed his reminisces on here.

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#131 John O'Hara

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 06:08 PM

I'm very sad to hear this too.  Though at 53, I'm not really a member of the "old guard" (though I'm getting there), I've been in the hobby since I was 10 when the "old guard" was at the top of the hobby.  I feel it deeply when one of my seniors passes.  My prayers go out to his friends and family.

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 09:54 PM

I’m very sorry to hear of Keith’s passing.  I really enjoyed his posts and experiences and am grateful he chose to share his time with us.



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Posted 21 August 2019 - 07:58 PM

This thread should be pinned for posterity. Wonderful recollections from a different age. My condolences to his friends and family.  

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:35 AM

I'm so very sad to hear this.  I will deeply miss Keith's stories.

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 12:11 PM

My condolences to the family and friends of Keith Parizek - I had been reading this thread recently and thought his stories were great.

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 01:23 PM

We were blessed that Mr. Parizek shared all of those memories with us the last year of his life and that they will now become part of the vast archive that is the internet. I really enjoyed reading his recollections.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 01:25 AM

I'm so sorry to hear of his passing, as well. He was a great mentor for me, and gave me many words of encouragement when I was getting more deeply into astrophotography with some serious instruments that my friends and I were developing back in the eighties. Although he invited me several times to visit him and see his observatory in Arizona, life just got in the way and I never could get out there to visit. I was very fortunate, though, I finally did get to personally meet with him years later when he came to RTMC back in the late nineties. I will always treasure his stories and the knowledge he shared from his broad range of experience he had in all facets of building and using telescopes for astrophotography and visual work.  We have lost another one of the "greats"!!

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 02:48 PM

Hello again.


I meant to come back here after returning from my trip to Phoenix to see Pa one last time in January. I showed him all of your responses on my phone while he was getting a transfusion. After showing how to scroll on a touch screen, he read all of your messages and was moved to tears. That was possibly the only time I've ever seen him cry. He was grateful for your kind words and wished you all well.


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I thought I would share these pictures of Keith in his youth. I thought I would take a picture of them in the scrapbook as a keepsake. You should be able to read the article too of what I could capture.


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Posted 26 August 2019 - 07:02 PM

Sweet! I wish your family all the best. Thank you for checking back in here!

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#140 John O'Hara

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 07:12 PM

Amateurs of this generation have been the movers and shakers in our great pursuit.  As the years go by, fewer and fewer are present.  These were the people who mentored me in the 1970s, though they often didn't know it.  Growing up in Oil City, PA, I was cut off from most of them.  However, reading of their exploits in Sky and Telescope and Deep-Sky Magazine kept my blood pumping.  


I so appreciate the posts Keith contributed to this forum.  It's a preservation of history...a good history.

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