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ONE OF THE GIRLS
11 March 2013
We've made it all the way to March without the sad news of a death of a friend, but our luck ran out today, with this notice posted on Facebook:
I've titled this entry "one of the girls," but Bill Dahn was a manly man, and every bit the gentleman. He describes himself, in his Facebook profile, thusly:
Back in the dark ages of the Internet, when our group began to form on the Women's Issues forum of CompuServe, Bill started dropping in to leave a comment or two. He was very polite, very supportive, and always apologized for being a man in a women's discussion group, but said that he enjoyed talking about issues with us.
He was concerned that we might feel uncomfortable if he joined us on our first group get together, our "Netstock" in Boulder, Colorado in 1996, but we urged him to come. We had begun to know him by then and were eager to meet him. He fit in perfectly, even as the only man in the group. None of us thought it was odd at all.
We readily accepted him as "one of the girls" and though most of us had husbands who knew about the group and sometimes joined us at Netstock gatherings, Bill was really the only man who ever became one of us.
We had several subsequent Netstocks, including one that Bill hosted in Portland. Knowing our love for creme brulee, he found us a restaurant with the best creme brulee ever (restaurant is gone now, but I still remember that creme brulee!) and Mary remembers his love of ducks--and his duck pajamas! "His football team was the Oregon Ducks, and they did extremely well this past season. Every time they played he would put on his lucky Duck pajamas and sit in his recliner to watch the game".
We were able to meet his parents on that trip and found them lovely people. Bill's father died in 2003 and he has been devoted to his mother ever since, the son every aging parent would wish for. She is going to miss him terribly. As we all know, parents should not have to outlive their children.
This item from his blog, The Dahn Report (which he started in December 2007) shows his concern and care for his mother:
.His love for his mother shines forth in most of his blog entries, including this one, which was the last entry he wrote about her, a week ago, a few days after his retirement party:
Bill's self-deprecating humor is also evident from his bio, which he posted with his Blog.
He listed his interests on The Dahn Report:
Interests: Walking, Movies, Reading, Fantasy Football, Writing, Family, Friends, Women, Coffee Chats, Food, Learning New Things, Award Shows, Ten Thousand More, I just like about everything except, hate, discrimination, and cruelty.
Favorite Movies: I just love movies, there is nothing like being in a theater when the lights go down low and a beautiful piece of art magically appears before you on the big screen. For two hours you are transcended out of life into fiction. If you have someone with you to hold hands with during the love scenes or to hide under the seats with during the scary scenes, all the better.
Bill's blog reflects his generosity, his interest in people, and his desire to be inclusive. He encouraged participation from all of his readers and stimulated some lively discussions by posting biographies of famous people, quotes that he liked, and links to news items he found important and asking for comment. Again, most of the regulars seemed to be women. Sadly, though Bill got along so well with women, he was never able to connect with "that special someone" that he desperately wanted to find, though it wasn't for lack of trying.
When Pat died, Bill wrote a memorial and posted this poem:
Is anybody happier today because you passed their way?
He said that in Pat's case, she could answer every questions with a
resounding "yes." I think it's fairly safe to say that the same holds true
for Bill Dahn as well. He will be sorely missed by many.
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