[MA-SOC] Steve Pearl dead, was "Tis a sad day"

Serdar Yegulalp thegline at optonline.net
Mon Nov 12 23:03:51 EST 2007


Yes, I remember Steve Pearl distantly from my early USENET days; thank you, Ralph, this brought it all back to mind.  Man, I'm sorry to see him go.

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Serdar Yegulalp
thegline at optonline.net

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: ma-nyc-soc-bounces at lists.baka.org [mailto:ma-nyc-soc-
> bounces at lists.baka.org] On Behalf Of ralphyoung at optonline.net
> Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 10:43 PM
> To: Metro Anime New York City--social list
> Subject: [MA-SOC] Steve Pearl dead, was "Tis a sad day"
> 
> I met Steve over ten years ago and at that point he was
> already having serious-to-critical problems.  He got
> progressively worse over the years and that he lasted as long
> as he did was surprising to most everybody.  That includes
> Steve himself, as demonstrated by the blog he kept, which I
> followed intermittently for several years before I found it
> too depressing to continue.  I was fond of him though we were
> never friends, and he pretty much embodied a whole breed and
> era of fandom.
> 
> For those of you who don't know who Steve Pearl was, he was
> very likely the most hardcore anime fan in the late 1980s
> through mid 90s.  In the early years of the PC boom before
> the flowering of the World Wide Web and proliferation of web-
> based message boards, Steve organized and moderated the
> Usenet group Rec.Arts.Anime.Misc, by far the most popular and
> centralized source of anime information for fans in the
> United States.  Steve's fame as a fan was such that during a
> trip to America Toshio Okada, former president of Gainax
> studios and possibly the most prominent expert on the "otaku
> phenomenon" in the world, shared his favored title of
> "Otaking" with Steve as his American counterpart (Okada was
> the mastermind behind the anime Otaku no Video, which coined
> the term Otaking in the first place).  Chet Jasinski, one of
> the founders of Metro Anime, teamed up with Steve to co-found
> the Atlantic Anime Alliance, the largest East Coast anime fan
> organization in the 1990s, which Metro!
>   was a member club of for several years.  Steve had severe
> diabetes problems that ultimately proved fatal for him.
> 
> Many of the older Metro members were close friends with
> Steve.  He will be missed.
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Danny Minhas
> Date: Monday, November 12, 2007 8:01 pm
> Subject: Re: [MA-SOC] Tis a sad day
> To: Metro Anime New York City--social list
> 
> > Yeah, I just found out from Cindy. He's also a reminder
> that we
> > need to take care of our health. He had diabetes for many
> years
> > and when his kidneys failed he put up a very strong fight.
> >
> >
> > Richard Fung wrote:
> > Dang :(! Are you serious Dan? *sigh*... Steve was one of
> the
> > pioneers of anime over here and was a wonderful guy.. just
> > reminds us of how fragile life is.. He would be missed...
> >
> > Rich
> >
> >
> >
> > ----------------------------------------> Date: Mon, 12 Nov
> 2007
> > 16:19:43 -0800> From: sejiro at yahoo.com> To: ma-nyc-
> > soc at lists.baka.org> Subject: [MA-SOC] Tis a sad day>> I
> know
> > this will pretty much only be for the older members of the
> Metro
> > Anime list, so I'm going to make this as short as
> possible.>> I
> > don't have all of the details, but Steve Pearl passed away
> over
> > the weekend. From what I can recall, Steve was actively
> involved
> > in Metroanime in it's very early days.>> I believe a Shiva
> will
> > be starting at his house on Wednesday in Howell, NJ. For
> those
> > wanting more information I'll give updates as soon as I
> find out
> > more myself.>> -Danny>>> --------------------------------->
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