Oh, Lissi, your message was beautiful and well captures how much Gustavo meant to all of us here, I think. Thanks for sharing your feelings here. Take care. -- Julie Morales Email & Windows/MSN Messenger: mercy421@xxxxxxxxxxx Skype mercy0421 AIM mercylab421 http://juliemorales.avonrepresentative.com/ Currently in Winchester Regional, Virginia Overcast, Light Snow 32F°(0C°) Wind:WSW (240°) at 5mph (4KT) Budget: A method for going broke methodically. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 1:21 AM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Extremely sad news to the Bookshare.org community To All of you who mourn for Gustavo, I grieve with you. Gustavo has died and I don't approve. I want him to be kicked back to step one where he can be grabbed and validated, his heart repaired as neatly and easily as a scanno can be made in to a proper word. This is one of those painful times we must accept the things we cannot change. How is it that I can be so stricken by the death of someone I've never met? Because Gustavo was the keeper of the golden stars.With every book approved, "excellent, almost no errors," he glued a shiny gold star to my forehead. I was thankful and inspired to earn another. On the way to those stars I had countless one sided conversations with him. "Gustavo, notice I've spell checked the short synopsis." "Have my comments convinced you the copyright information is precisely correct and exactly what Bookshare needs?" "Uh, oh, I'm being long winded again. If I leave anything out, it might be the thing I needed to say to get the book approved. If I write too much, you may skip my book because you don't have all afternoon to read my comments. Delete, delete, delete!" ."Come on. Come on. Approve. Approve! Sorry. It's not just about my book. You have other books, other responsibilities and a life. I can be patient. You'll be back with more stars." "I'm repeating your name to myself again. Gustavo Galindo is so rhythmic and musical. It would be a crime to call you Gus." Once I was terribly embarrassed because I uploaded a book and left, "Save for Lissi," as part of the title. Thoughtfully, one of the list monitors alerted me to my mistake and suggested that I send a post to Gustavo about it. At the time I squirmed to have to admit my carelessness, but now I'm glad I uploaded that defective title because the incident resulted in Gustavo emailing me twice. In a post with the subject line, "low importance," briefly but convincingly he assured me it was all right to make mistakes. At that time I was still uninitiated in computer jargon. "That Gustavo is such a nice guy!" I gushed to a friend. "He wrote low importance in the subject so I'd know my mistake was no big deal. Wasn't that a cute way to do it?" Now I know the broader usage of low and high importance and today's high importance post from Jim heralded terrible, tragic news. In his second post, Gustavo notified me he'd corrected the title and approved the book." That efficient but kind interaction was special to me when it occurred, but is a treasure now. As I validate, I'll imagine Gustavo is noting the format, page breaks, and accuracy and completeness of the text. As I upload, I'll imagine he's checking that all of the boxes on the form have the right stuff. In fact, I'll think of things in shambles as, "kicked back by Gustavo and things well done as, Gustavo approved. Always with love, Lissi ----- Original Message ----- From: Jim@xxxxxxxxxxxx To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 1:53 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Extremely sad news to the Bookshare.org community It is with great regret and sorrow that I inform you that Gustavo Galindo passed away suddenly yesterday. Gustavo was the Site Manager for Bookshare.org, and was the foundation of our Bookshare.org team. He was involved in the rapid growth of our collection over the last four years through personally approving each book being added. Gustavo was fierce in his dedication to serving people with print impairments while getting it right, by taking our commitments to publishers and authors seriously. He had a formidable intellect, and his insights, understanding and sense of humor will be sorely missed by our team. We can honor Gustavo's commitment to access and books by doing our best to bring more books to more people with print disabilities around the world. Jim Jim Fruchterman President and CEO Benetech 480 California Avenue, Suite 201 Palo Alto, California 94306 USA New direct line: +1 650 644-3406 Fax: +1 650 475-1066 jim@xxxxxxxxxxxx www.benetech.org The Benetech Initiative - Technology Serving Humanity Benetech is a nonprofit organization To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.