Thank you from the Fowler Family

Apr 18th, 2003, 01:56 PM
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My deepest condolences to the Fowler family and Wes' many dear friends. He will be alive in the hearts and memories of those who loved him forever.
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Apr 18th, 2003, 01:58 PM
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Wes Fowler. First class all the way. Thank you for making us stop to smell the roses along the way. It is the little things.....My sympathies to Fowler family and friends.
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Apr 18th, 2003, 01:59 PM
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Wes will never be Forgotten... My deepest Sympathy.....
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Apr 18th, 2003, 02:02 PM
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I logged on a few minutes ago and found out about what has happened. I'm so sorry about your loss.
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Apr 18th, 2003, 02:15 PM
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My condolences to your family.

I will hoist a beer in Wes's name the first evening I return to Europe.
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From Brazil ( Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais State) I'd like to thanks for the good and memorable messages that your father wrote on this newsgroup.
May God be the company of the family in this moment.
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Dear Jayfowl, I also loved your Father's postings. Always thought of him as a fine gentleman, full of life and common sense and I am sure I was right.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
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Apr 18th, 2003, 03:40 PM
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Thank you for letting us know about Wes. Your father and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers the last few weeks.

I enjoyed going back and looking at some of his posts recently. There are so many that I haven't read yet, and I will have a lot of fun continuing to read down his long list of very interesting posts. Then I will want to go visit the places he wrote about!

I know this is a difficult time for all of your family. Your father made a difference in the lives of a lot of people who did not ever meet him! What a blessing to remember that!

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Apr 18th, 2003, 04:17 PM
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My sincere condolences to the Fowler family. Wes had to be a great human being to merit such testimonials.
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Apr 18th, 2003, 04:47 PM
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I shall miss him very much. His advice enrich many of our travels. My sincere best wishes to his family.
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Apr 18th, 2003, 04:47 PM
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I have to say that it is very strange to be brought to tears by the passing of someone I never met. Wes was obviously a strong personality to make so many care so much. Hugs to your family Jay, I'm wishing Wes the best in his new travels.

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Apr 18th, 2003, 05:07 PM
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Dear Fowler family,
While your father may have been amazed at all the "wonderful words" said about him,
he really should not have been.
Wes was a very helpful, kind person,
and a true gentleman.
my deepest condolences to you all.
and indeed , this summer ,
while in italy,
I will raise a glass of limoncello to him.
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Apr 18th, 2003, 05:16 PM
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My sympathy to your family. Your father supplied superb advice for my family's trip to Germany last summer. I always enjoyed his replies.
He will be missed by many.
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Apr 18th, 2003, 05:27 PM
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Hello All –

We at would also like to offer our sincere condolences to the Fowler family. Wes consistently shared honest and inspired information with all of us---he was one of the stalwarts who have made the forums such a valuable resource. In addition to his visible contributions to Travel Talk, he participated as a beta tester on several occasions and was a constant source of behind-the-scenes feedback.

As a final goodbye, we’d like to reprise one of our favorite posts from Wes, in answer to the question “How do you organize your travel notes?”

Author: wes fowler
Date: 08/10/2001, 04:49 pm

Message: Good lord, I sure must be doing something wrong! I research a trip diligently - where to go - why to go. (I'm presently planning a trip for October 2002.) I may build a file from various sources: national, regional, local tourist offices, cuts and pastes from websites such as this one, various guide books and either city or regional maps. I supplement the travel oriented stuff with the reason why I'm going: non-fiction history, art, biography.

After adding, subtracting, reviewing, massaging, I know where I'm going, why I'm going and what I plan to do when there. As a result I take nothing, other than confirmations for any reservations I've made for inns, hotels or auto rentals. If visiting a city I buy a city map upon arrival and a map of any above ground transportation system. If driving in an area or region, I stop at a service station for a map. I try to plan my day in thirds: one third for a specific site or sight; one third for absolutely nothing - sidewalk cafe, park bench; one third for the unplanned - what's around this street? Where's this road lead?

What I come home with is an entirely different scenario. I fill up locally bought notebooks with comments; mark up maps; make notes on postcards; critique hotels on the back of their invoices and take photos. All of these will eventually comprise a travel journal that invariably turns out to be two to three times the length and heft of whatever I began my planning from. That journal also confirms that I've usually seen 80 to 90% of what I planned to see coupled with a whole bunch of totally unexpected, unplanned for diversions. Works for me!

As with all of Wes’ posts, it is concise and discriminating. Thanks so much Wes, for everything you contributed to this site. We will miss your invaluable insights.


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Apr 18th, 2003, 05:44 PM
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I am crying as I write this. It is amazing how a person can touch ones heart from a distance. I have never met him in person, but we corresonded several times. He provided such good information for our Germany in 2000 and we have such fond memories of that trip. He always gave sincere advise, which everyone appreciated. Wes was a wonderful man who inspired me to search out special places.

My condolences to the Fowler family. He will be missed by all but never forgotten.

And yes, when I visit a place he mentioned or suggested, I will think of him!

Bon voyage Wes.

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Apr 18th, 2003, 05:56 PM
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And Danny, because of this commercial and embittered world at this time, I thank you for CARING!
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Apr 18th, 2003, 07:12 PM
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Dear Fowler Family:

You must be so proud of the admiration and affection that Wes inspired in so many of us "strangers"! We benefited immeasurably from his vast knowledge, wit and wisdom.

When someday I make my long-awaited trip to Belgium, he will be there on my shoulder.

With deepest sympathy,

- Quicksilver -

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Apr 18th, 2003, 07:26 PM
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Danny, that was GREAT! And, as always, Wes summed up a great way to travel. I will definitely use his method of dividing the day up into thirds from now on! How can you then be disappointed? If one part is not as expected, surely the other two will provide unexpected pleasures.

How about popping more of Wes' Wisdom for us every now and then. Surprise us!
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Apr 18th, 2003, 07:51 PM
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Wes was a great contributor to this forum and he will continue to be missed, as he has been over the past number of months. It is a tribute to him that he will be remembered so fondly by the many people that his words touched. My sincere sympathy as you mark the end of his inspired and interesting stay among us.
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Apr 18th, 2003, 07:56 PM
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I know how you feel right now. I went through this a decade ago.

Eventually the feeling of having a two by four between the ears clears.

Missing him takes longer.

There are many who state that the final act of growing up is taking care of and then burying your parents.

It sounds harsh, but in retrospect it is not that far off.

Keep a stiff upper lip, but cry when you want to.
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