"YOU DA MAN" - always have been, and always will be. I think I speak for the entire IUSS/SOSUS community when I say how much you mean to all of us. We are all better for having known you. You impacted my career in so many positive ways. And - you continue to impress!
So - while you are going through some tough times, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Smokey, I am sure u will pull through this as u are a very tuff man and a mentor to many of us. We spent a few years together in the same room with desks near each other. Sounds like u have won another battle if u are going back to work. The best to u my friend.
I last spoke with Ed on Friday when (according to him) his daughter and granddaughter, the nurse "busted him out" of the rehab facility and brought him home. Said it was like a scene from "One Flew Over the Cooko's Nest" with Jack Nichelson. Ha! Still the same Smokey with that keen sense of humor. We had a few good laughs.
Ed was planning to return to work on Monday and I'm sure he did. Still pounding the matts 68 years and counting! A true legend.