Michael VERLIN .... one of the original founders of HJG .... passed away on September 21st 2020.
Within HJG Michael was responsible for HJG's leadership and organization as well as much of the groups very early panel and FDE work .... prior to 2006.
He was also an enthusiastic painter (who's energies extended outside HJG) and who's textures continue to grace the B707, B720, CV-880, CV-990, and DC-8 downloads pages on the HJG website .... and which will remain here as a memorial to him.
I had the pleasure of meeting Michael (and his wife Gail), in Florida, on 2 occasions during the early 2000's and continue to value his advice and friendship .... his style of management and group representation having remained an inspiration to me all these years since.
RIP Michael .... and "THANK YOU" for your enormous contribution to this group during its early/fledgling years .... and which remains an integral part of HJG today .... as it will in the future too.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Dec 26, 2020 22:16:21 GMT
A small pictorial tribute to Michael VERLIN .... in the form of some of the most "HISTORIC" and/or "COLOURFUL" examples of his HJG work ....
The above B707 and B720 subjects being the only imagery relating to Michael's work at my fingertips .... but which also extended into our CV-880, CV-990, and DC-8 downloads pages too .... these, along with the B707's and B720's, being the only simulations that HJG offered prior to 2006.
Sorry to hear of Michael's passing. He and I had quite a few great and lengthy discussions over the years about many areas of FlightSim and he was one of the biggest helps I had early on in learning how to do liveries, especially back in the days of FS98 and that amazingly, absolutely atrocious system. He helped many in the FS world starting out on the development side, including some big names you know from elsewhere. His work has been pervasive and he will be missed greatly.
Post by Tony Madge - HJG on Dec 29, 2020 15:23:39 GMT
Extremely saddened to hear this news, Michael's work for HJG is legendary and his colours look as fresh today as they did way back when HJG started. My condolences go to his family and friends who I am sure will be sorely missing the great man. So sad that we end the year with news of another HJG stalwart lifting off from this earth. Rest in Peace Michael and thank you for the wonderful work you did for everyone to enjoy and continue to enjoy for many years to come.
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I am saddened to hear of Michael's passing, my sincere condolences to his family and friends. His amazing skillful work has been enjoyed by so many FS enthusiasts and will continue on being appreciated for a long time. RIP Michael.
Very sad to hear this Mark. Michael was a definite Inspiration to me. I really enjoyed his realistic style of painting and his attention to detail. He was one of the reasons I got involved in all the after market things involved with FS through the years. A tip of the hat to Mr. Verlin, may he rest in peace.
Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Dec 30, 2020 19:27:48 GMT
I don't think his and my time with HJG overlapped, but I've certainly been the beneficiary of many of his contributions to the site, and without them, it would be a very different place today. All the best to his family, friends, and acquaintances around the sim community.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Jan 4, 2021 3:28:02 GMT
I've been in contact with Michael's wife Gail.
She's extremely appreciative of the sentiments people have been expressing here and which she treasures.
Thank you .... those whom have taken a moment to reflect upon, and express appreciation, for everything Michael contributed to HJG .... and to FS generally.
I think it's fair to say that if it weren't for Michael VERLIN .... then .... HJG would probably never have existed, or rather, it wouldn't have continued for as long as it did/has and which is largely attributable to both his own energies as well as the extensive FS material he was responsible for co-ordinating .... and which is what we've expanded upon today in order to try'n keep HJG alive for as long we possibly can.