Early March, the year 2012, I sat down at my desk, took a sip of coffee and clicked the shortcut for Neptunus Lex. It was the way I started every day.
A cup of good coffee and reading the thoughts and observations of a man I deeply respected.
But this day was different. The coffee was set aside as I stared at my computer screen...
This cannot be.
Lex was no more.
And so on this day, the anniversary of his passing, I post in tribute to him. To those like him and to those he left behind. Especially his family.
Until we meet again Lex...
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee, Jr