Re: Strange Billy Pate like reel - HELP!
Posted by Dan Blanton on 2012-03-11 13:16:43
in reply to Re: Strange Billy Pate like reel - HELP! posted by Phil on 2012-03-11 11:14:58
I believe that reel, if I recall, was a prototype; one-of-a-kind; but I can't recall who had made it.
Ed was also a dearly valued friend who was the one who got me started writing professionally for fishing magazines back in 1975. Bill Rhodes, Nick Curcione, Bob Nauheim, Mike Fong, and many, many other notables wrote for Angler Magazine. Ed Ow was the publisher/Art Director of Angler Magazine, which set a new standard for fishing magazines of the era.
Ed was all the things you've noted and more. I know of no one more generous and kind; and no one was more patient with upstart fishing writers than Ed. He was indeed one of the funniest men I've ever known. He taught me a lot about layout and design; and he made all of our articles not only read well but look fantastic too.
Ed helped me obtain my first decent skiff - my old Prime Time - an 18-foot Starcraft Mariner, center console. I ran that skiff for 21 years. I couldn't afford the price tag at the time to purchase it and Ed loaned me the money to buy it. I paid him back with articles for the magazine when I couldn't come up with a monthly payment. Ed was a generous man and one of my most loyal friends. Like with Bill, we shared many fishing adventures together.
Thanks for filling in the blanks about Ed's passing. He just dropped off the face of the earth for most of us; and the last time I spoke with him was a couple of years after I started this website, 18 years ago. He had called to tell me how much he liked reading my bulletin board.
I think of Ed often because I have a reminder of him hanging on my office wall - a beautiful wire sculpture of a rainbow trout with a minnow in its mouth - given to my wife Cindy and me as a wedding present by Ed and the Angler Magazine Staff.
I also have an entire double-set of Angler magazines - everyone published until it was sold and resurrected as California Angler. Many Board members have a collection of old Angler Magazines.
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