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Special Bulletin 11 ARLX011
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 16, 2013
To all radio amateurs
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ARLX011 Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK)
Wayne S. Green II, W2NSD ("Never Say Die"), of Hancock, NewHampshire, died September 13. He was 91. A well-known and oftenoutspoken figure during what some consider Amateur Radio's goldenyears in the 1950s and 1960s, Green helmed CQ Magazine for 5 yearsbefore becoming the self-proclaimed "El Supremo and Founder" in 1960of 73 magazine, which he published until 2003.
"The purpose of  at that time was to get more hams buildingequipment," Green recounted in a radio interview several years ago.A hallmark of 73 was Green's iconic, rambling, and wide-ranging"Never Say Die" editorials, in which he rarely missed an opportunityto tweak the ARRL and his magazine competitors for their perceivedshortcomings. In 2012 Green contributed back issues of 73 toInternet Archive.
"Wayne will be remembered in many different ways by many differentpeople, but he will be long remembered," said ARRL CEO David Sumner,K1ZZ. "He maintained his membership in the ARRL despite being apersistent critic. In the early days of packet radio he gave me somegood advice as to how the ARRL should promote the new technology:'Talk about it as if everybody's doing it, and eventually they willbe."'
Indeed, Green often was ahead of the curve in promoting suchtechnologies as single-sideband phone, solid-state, FM, and themarriage of computers and ham radio, and he went on to found andpublish Byte and other computer-oriented publications. "I livemostly in the future," Green was quoted as saying.
Former ARRL Contributing Editor Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, once wrote inhis "Surfin"' web column, "We take computers and the Internet forgranted today. I first became interested in computers when WayneGreen, W2NSD, started writing about them in 73 magazine in the1970s. Back then, you had to build your own from scratch or fromkits."
Green maintained a larger-than-life presence, even in the yearsafter he faded from the Amateur Radio spotlight, and he never didreally retire. "Hey old buddy, I will miss you," radio talk showhost Art Bell, W6OBB, posted to Wayne Green's blog. "NEVER SAY DIEis a phrase that will be with me till it's my time." Green was anoccasional guest on Bell's "Coast to Coast AM" overnight talkprogram. There hardly was an issue that Green would not confront,and he expounded a variety of unconventional science, health, andmedical theories - from cold fusion and the moon landing to AIDS andcancer cures. He continued to write and speak frequently on thesetopics and others, as well as on public policy, even at hamfestswhere he was a guest.
The "Final" in his blog sums up Green's overarching philosophy."Wayne Green passed away September 13, 2013 in a peaceful, painlesstransition from this life on Earth. An eternal optimist, and one wholoved to share his never-ending zest for life, he was a friend tomany and will be missed greatly. Wayne was not afraid of dying andwas very much ready to embark on his next great adventure to theafterlife."
Source: W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL.