It's been reported that Jerry Bails, the man who could rightly be called the father of comics fandom, has passed away.
I never had the pleasure to meet Mr. Bails, but I've encountered his name for almost as long as I've been interested in reading the history of comics and comics fandom. I probably first read about him in back issues of the Rocket's Blast/Comic Collector.
I also never had the pleasure of acquiring a copy of his Who's Who in Comics Fandom.
Still, I feel a certain kind of kinship with him, and I mourn his passing.