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Thread: A fond and very, very grateful farewell

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    Master of New Adventures!
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    A fond and very, very grateful farewell

    Well, there comes a time for all things to end and for me this is it.

    I've had an amazing time here on all of these years. I've enjoyed so much being here, interacting with fans, receiving praise sometimes and sincere constructive criticism other times. I've been delighted to see some fans coming around to NA after viewing the BCI collection, but I've always respected other fans' disappointment in NA.

    The Tar Swamp has been a lot of fun for me. Even when others have vehemently disagreed on a variety of issues with this aging Conservative, I've been so happy to see that the majority of time that disagreement was well thought out, civil, constructive and at times even persuaded me to an opinion opposite my own.

    But now it's time for me to take my leave of the board. I'm happy to have had over 81,000 views on my thread that's now in the Vintage forum. I've enjoyed the podcast interviews and it's been heartwarming to have seen what's happening in so many orgers' lives, to have shared their hopes and dreams and struggles and to sometimes celebrate their successes. I want to thank everyone for so many memories.

    This is an amazing board, filled with compassionate members that I've seen come to the aide of others with advice and support.

    But for now it's time for me to move on. There hasn't been any one thing that's made this decision for me; rather a number of things. The truth is that I'm getting older, considerably more than halfway through the journey on this fragile orb. So many of you are young. It won't be until later that you begin to understand what I mean, how every day becomes precious to you as you move through life.

    I have a wonderful wife and children and I need to spend as much time with them as I can. I also much more business still to do in the entertainment industry, these last five years actually and incredibly having been the busiest in my life.

    So time becomes an important commodity and I am at a point that I need to allocate it and set my priorities and so, as I've said, I must say a fond farewell to the board.

    Thank you for the privilege of letting me be a part of it all. As I've said so many times before, writers, directors, producers and actors are nothing without fans...and the fans here are surely among the best and greatest in the world.

    I've offered a lot of advice over the years -- much of it unsolicited but hopefully, on occasion, appreciated and maybe even helpful. And so I'll leave you with one last piece, this, too, unsolicited, but hopefully helpful. When each of my three children began Kindergarten their teacher told them the exact same thing on their first day: "Be kind to each other." It took me a long time, but I've learned, over sixty-five years, that that's really all there is to it.

    Thanks, from the bottom of my heart. Good luck to each and every one of you.

    So long. Logging off for the last time.



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    Grammer Flunky Shredder's Avatar
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    I've been thinking of doing the same thing myself....... the .org is one of the two that I still frequent out of 10.

    I hope you've been enjoying the tar swamp discussion.... say it's declining and I shall appear
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    Aw, dangit Jack, you've brought a tear to my eye...

    Thank you for the wonderful privilege of being able to converse with someone who played a huge role in a property that has influenced so much of my life. Without ever physically meeting you and shaking your hand, I feel that I know you, at least a little bit. Your openness and vision have resonated with me since first coming to these boards, and your ability to keep a level-head through and through has not gone unnoticed. I am not alone when I say you will be missed.

    God bless you and your family and good luck in your future endeavors. I am thrilled to have been a (tiny) part of your journey as our crossroads met for a short time. Thank you for your wisdom, thank you for your humor, thank you for your passion, but most of all, thank you for letting us be a part of it all.

    Goodbye and godspeed in the New Adventures of Jack Olesker...

    Keep an eye on us from time to time, and take care!
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    Cobra Saboteur Firefly's Avatar
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    Dang. I enjoyed our chats about the Huskers and reading your posts about New Adventures. Good journey.

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    Quester JonWes's Avatar
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    Bon Voyage, Jack! It's been lovely having you on here.
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    So long, Jack. Thanks for hanging out with us. I'll see if we can't whip up a set of Optik emoticons to commemorate your departure.
    "The better you get at this job, the more dangerous it becomes."

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    Good will be missed!

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    Born A Monster wolfsfang's Avatar
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    Goodbye Jack.

    The org is not going to be the same without you
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    Heroic Master of 200X MegaGearMax's Avatar
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    Good Journey Jack! It was great having your insights around...not only with behind the scenes info about New Adventures, but life in general!

    I hope you'll come by to visit occasionally?

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    Good bye Mr. Olesker!

    It was great meeting you(at least in cyberspace)!
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    Always Hawthorn Viceroy's Avatar
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    All the best Jack...... I'm sure you will be back one day.

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    Heroic Warrior wayne-klops's Avatar
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    Best of luck to Jack....but personally, I can't understand why he feels the need to go away forever (or seemingly forever). I mean, it's not like graduating from school, getting a new job, or moving to a new place....the .org is here whenever you want to visit it, as much or as little as you want. You don't have to "leave," Jack!
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    Southern-Fried Preacher Dave-Man's Avatar
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    Wow. Did not see that coming.
    Good luck and God bless, Jack. Hope to see you around the Internet somewhere. I have very much enjoyed your work and your posts on

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    Evil Master of Mazes! Zargon's Avatar
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    Fare thee well Jack. You will be missed.
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    Heroic Warrior deltadod's Avatar
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    Too bad.
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    Supreme Fudge Dynamo of Eternia's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by wayne-klops View Post
    Best of luck to Jack....but personally, I can't understand why he feels the need to go away forever (or seemingly forever). I mean, it's not like graduating from school, getting a new job, or moving to a new place....the .org is here whenever you want to visit it, as much or as little as you want. You don't have to "leave," Jack!

    Jack, you gotta do what you gotta do, and if you feel that you've been spending too much time on this board, it's understandable that you would want to cut back on that. But I don't see why it has to be a complete goodbye. Even if you stop by for just a few minutes every once in a while, it wouldn't take away from the important things in your life.

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    Let's get Crita in MOTUC! The All American's Avatar
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    I have to say, this is rather sad to hear. You are such a nice guy! One of the nicest people I've ever interacted with on the internet.

    Thank you for being classy, friendly, and kind at all times!

    As a fellow fan of Rocky and It's A Wonderful Life, I'll leave you with this!

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    Clown Prince of Darkness Benedict Judas Hel's Avatar
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    The Ninth Level of Hell plotting my slow and painful revenge on the brightly sunlit world...
    I've never been a fan of farewell threads. If I was going to leave, I'd just go. I don't feel the need to tell a website that I'm going because who would really care? But I am willing to cut a few people some slack and Jackie O. is one of them, being a large contributor to this intellectual property, no matter how well or poorly his contribution may have been received. So Jack, even though you won't read what I write as you say you won't be coming back, I just want to say thanks for the praise, warranted or unwarranted, you have heaped upon me throughout the years as well as the advice you have bestowed onto me as well. I hope you will continue to do well in any and all of your future endeavours, whatever they may be.

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    Warrior of Evolution 13977's Avatar
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    All the best for the future Jack, I've enjoyed your insights into the NA cartoon over the years and hope you pop back in now and again
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    Born Villain dedset13's Avatar
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    It just won't be the same around here without you. Thanks for always being a bright spot here on the Org.

    Take care and good luck on the next step of your journey!!
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    Heroic Warrior gbagok's Avatar
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    Jack, I'm so sorry to see you go! I'm sorry it has to be a full on break, though I understand how absorbing internet forums can be. Thank you for letting us know you're going and not simply fading away. I'm glad I met you at Power-Con last year and I hope somehow I'll see you again!
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    Heroic Warrior Nekk-ra's Avatar
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    Sorry to see you go, Jack, but it was a pleasure to get to know you!
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    Master of Shapeways He-bro's Avatar
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    I hate to see you go. I know what you mean though, I have 2 grandkids, (7 and 1 1/2) and another one on the way, and time goes so fast.

    But just log on here once in a while. Maybe 4 times a month and see that's gong on.

    You will be missed.

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    Heroic Warrior
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    Despite me not knowing the New Adventures brand all that well or you, Jack, all that well it seems wrong and shocking that you are leaving this board.

    Thank you for your contributions to the He-Man mythos.

    I just thought it was cool that someone who has history with mythos was on the board.

    You may feel that the years are creeping up on you but little I do you know about you is that that your love for your wife and college football especially the Cornhuskers will keep you going.

    Thank you.

    (why does it feel like someone died?)

    (I just wish there was a NA He-Man clapping so I could give you a standing ovation)

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    Melaktha For MotUC!! adol's Avatar
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    Hate to see see you go, Jack. Take care, and enjoy this tune:
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