I just spoke with Eva. Terribly sad to hear the news of Terry's passing. Thanks for putting this up, it is nice to see someone being remembered. He had called recently to say that the test results were improved, with no sign of cancer...I remember thinking that for once, it could be beaten by someone. The next phone call was greeted with news that he was in a hospital. I had thought today that he was finally calling me back...He had said recently that he wanted to live until 82. He wanted to return to Texas at some point, for a visit. The good news was that at the end he was happy, and with his daughter. (The reason he moved to California in the first place, regardless of what he said about Texas weather.) That was his first priority. As it should be.
I remember him saying that he grew up in Thomas Jefferson's house, Monticello, as his mother was the housemistress of the estate. He also spent 32 months in Vietnam between 1966-1968.
What I enjoyed most was talking with him and listening to his descriptions of events and relationships in his life. He was very honest in admitting his past mistakes. The sign of a man who is honest and at peace with himself. Old men know a great deal, yet no one listens to them. He made me realize that I needed to notice and listen, and learn.
Probably the funniest thing was when he gave me his vinyl records before he left for California. Where were they? Still sitting in a VW van that he had driven from Alaska to Texas, then parked under a tree....17 years earlier!....and most of those damn records played!
It is truly a shame that I will not learn more from him. I hope I can remember those lessons....David Collins