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Old 05-21-2008, 04:20 PM   #16
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Welcome to the Disboards!

Fort Wilderness campers are a family, and Randy was one of us.

I just went to a funeral today for a 52 year old friend. What can anyone say about a life that ends in its prime? It is hard for us who are left behind, but as everyone kept saying today, the deceased is in a better place.

Randy marched to his own beat, and he certainly enjoyed life. I know he had a good long visit to Fort Wilderness in October. His memory will live on through all of us.

I am sorry that I will be nowhere near Illinois this weekend, but I hope that you all really celebrate Randy's life.

And, some day you should gather up all of his tarps and take a trip down to Fort Wilderness! Your brother loved it, and you will too.

God Bless,

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Old 05-21-2008, 04:36 PM   #17
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Thanks so much for responding. I for one will miss Randy tremendously. He has always had good words to say, and has been a dear friend to all of us in the Disney internet community. There have been many conversations all over the internet and through email on how much Randy has impacted our lives. I know your family has been reading some of them, and we are also working on something lasting to send to your family.

Our prayers are with you all.
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Old 05-21-2008, 04:41 PM   #18
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I'm very sorry I didn't get a chance to meet Randy. He seemed like a unique man. My prayers are with his family in this sad time. God Bless.
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:19 PM   #19
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I've been reading some of the remarks about Randy and crying as I read them. Some of the remarks have been....unique, marched to his own beat, follows a different drummer....these are so true. I've known Randy for 11 years now and I can honestly say that I have never known anyone quite like him. With his "vest of many pockets" that he always wore into the parks so he wouldn't have to go through the security check. I can't believe how much he could stuff into those pockets! How he kept our large RADP groups together while in line with his walkie-talkies. His outrageous diet....he never met a vegetable he liked. :-)

There was the year his huge monorail set-up got flooded out. Twice. After the first flood, he regrouped and salvaged what he could. After the second flood, he gave up. He called me on his cell phone that morning and asked me to tell everyone at the meet planned for that day that he wouldn't be able to make it. He had been up all night digging little ditches to try and route the water away from his campsite and trying to get rid of the water pooling in his many tarps. Tent poles had been breaking from the weight of the collected water. My husband and I hurried over to his site to give him what help we could in picking up everything and packing up. When I remarked that he was certainly taking it better than I would have, he replied with a smile that I should have seen and heard him during the night when the worst of it was going on. That was Randy. Nothing really got to him. He could make a joke out of a complete disaster.

How I'll miss him! Neither FW nor WDW will be the same without him.

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aka Praline (cuz I'm sweet and nuts)

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Old 05-21-2008, 07:23 PM   #20
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Sounds like a wonderful man. My prayers are with his family.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:16 AM   #21
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Randysis - fond memories of your brother

We met Randy at our first Mousefest in 2004. He welcomed us newbies at his photo session at the International Gateway, and into his Fantasmick meet.
Hoping that your family is consoled in the knowledge of how much he was admired and loved by his Disney friends.
"May your lines be short; the magic be plenty; and may you always remember to gather your belongings before exiting the vehicle."
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:20 PM   #22
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Sorry to hear this about "Tarp Man". I only knew him as that, and even those that weren't in his circle knew of him.

Sad to see someone with such a shared passion leave us, I hope his friends and family are in all of our thoughts.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:50 PM   #23
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So sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:10 PM   #24
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need help

I was wondering if someone on here can help me.

We would like to use the theme song from the electric light parade during Randy's memorial event, but I can't seem to find it. I'm sure Randy had it, but I can't find it in his collection.

Can anyone here tell me the real name of that tune? Does anyone know if it is downloadable? If not, does anyone know which cd has that song on it and if there is a source (like a Disney store in central Illinois) where I might get it?

I would appreciate any input I can get.
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:16 AM   #25
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I have an MP3 of the one from Disneyland, I'm sure the music is similar. I've only ever been to Disneyworld and it sounds like I remember it. I have tried to create an account and upload to several free hosting/sharing sites. Have not gotten it to work. Do you have a gmail account? I know Gmail can accept large uploads. I might know someone who has the music from the parade in Florida, I'm waiting to hear back.
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:32 AM   #26
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I also have MP3 of the "Main Street Electrical Parade", or of "Spectro Magic". They are large files, 10.2MB and 6.5 MB. I would be happy to help.

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Old 05-23-2008, 05:12 AM   #27
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While I never got to meet him, I have admired his setup on several occasions,,,You will be missed......
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:03 AM   #28
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I'm working on finding someone to help me download the music. I am not the computer/internet brain my brother was, but have learned a lot in the last week! I'll get back with you.

One more thing: does anyone have the picture Randy made a few years ago where he put everyone in one roller-coaster car at a meet, eventhough in real life they were in serveral different cars? I know he made several such pictures, but I can't find them in his stuff. If he was here, he'd be able to go right to them, and as soon as I am not so muttled, I'll find them, but if anyone has any of them and would mind posting, I would like to display one/more at the memorial.

Thanks, everyone, for all of your help. I know why he enjoyed all of you so much. You are jewels!
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:56 AM   #29
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Here is the link to the RADP Photo albums

There are several of the group "log" photos here.

You may have to click the link "download original size"


Also, instead of Main Street Electrical Parade, I think you are referring to the Electrical Water Pageant music. I'm not sure where to find that.
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:09 AM   #30
But there were crab legs!!
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So sorry to hear this news!
Can't ya just picture him and Walt Disney chatting about the parks?!!

What was his name on the board- I would love to read his posts.
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