Somber Day At UAV

I have more info to follow up with on the Blood Diamond Blu-ray Disc but that nonsense is going to have to wait in the wake of the passing of our friend and colleague Randy Tomlinson.

As TJN's obit makes clear, Randy was a multi-faceted and an increbidly interesting man who could and would converse engagingly on a broad number of subjects at any time.

Randy took to the video world later in life as something of a hobby and became as thorough and complete a professional as I've yet encountered in the fields of both calibrating displays and writing expertly about them. This speaks to his versatility, native intelligence and the dogged perfectionism that was his trademark in every area of his life in which he endeavoured, work or hobby.

In addition to all of that, I do want to pass along a couple of things about Randy that you may not have gathered from reading his writing, which was never anything less than superlative, a pleasure to read, always thorough and informative.

Randy spoke with a wonderful and immediately noticeable southern accent, and in spite of how very serious he was in his video writing, he had an oustanding sense of humor. He didn't joke much in print, but laughed often in conversation and was always fun to talk to whether the subject was modifying hi-fi gear or hotrodding his car or computer (Randy was one of those guys who never used anything "stock," always preferring to roll his own).

Among the things that always amused me- a born and raised California kid at least a couple of decades younger than he was- was Randy's penchant in conversation for using the word, er, term "daggum." He said it in that accent of his, in the same context that some would say "gosh darned," or someone who's more crass (like me) would say "goddamn."

I laughed inside every time he said it, which was often, and more than once tried to talk him into using that term in his reviews. But, daggum it, I never could get him to bite on that one and use it in print!

I'm very happy and proud to have gotten to know this man. Randy and I worked together closely at The Perfect Vision for several years prior to both us coming to work here at UAV. And beyond that, he was a friend and I'll miss him.

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Mike S's picture

Shane, sorry for the loss of your friend. I have read many of his articles over the years and he was a superb writer. My condolences to all of Randy's family and friends. God speed Randy!

David Vaughn's picture

Shane & Tom and the rest of the UAV family, I was saddened when I logged on today to the site and saw Tom's obit. I had only exchanged a couple of emails with Randy, but he was quite helpful to me. Losing a friend is never easy and my heart goes out to everyone who considered Randy a friend and especially to his family. He will be missed. -David

Luis H's picture

Shane: I am sorry to hear of your friend's loss. Now is the time for everyone to focus on the things that he left you, and will live and be with you forever. His writings and words of wisdom will continue to be appreciated just as he was stil here with us. Luis

Shane's picture

To those who have responded here and many more still over email, thanks. David's post gets to much of who Randy was. Call or email him, and he'd spend time and help.

Steve K's picture

What a loss for the home theater community. I came across one of Randy's reviews last year and really enjoyed his elegant writing, technical insight, and overall critical analysis. He generously fielded several emails from me on different sets and peripherals (never once trying to pitch his own services BTW). I was surprised to learn during those exchanges that we were located just a few miles apart. I was hoping to engage Randy to help with setting up a media room when/if my new house was completed. Sadly, that won't happen now. My sincerely condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers.

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