I am so sorry I will be out of state for Gary's Memorial. I was lucky enough to work with him at the Contra Costa Times during both my puppy-rearing and child-rearing years. When the puppy (a rambunctious Labrador) escaped and ran around the block, Gary was the voice of reason and patience. "Labs have long adolescences," he'd tell me. "When you chase him, he just thinks you're playing. Wait in the front yard, and he will come home." When it came to the child, though, Gary was a little less accommodating. One day, I came to work full of outrage because my 8-year-old son had been bitten by a tarantula at science camp. I told Gary all about it, expecting advice and sympathy. He looked at me, eyes twinkling, and said "Well, what did your boy do to the tarantula to make it bite him?" Gary was one of a kind - we are all better for knowing him.