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12th May 2001, 19:57
The greatest hitch-hiker of them all - Douglas Adams died today aged 49.

There is only one thing to say in memory of this writer, who entertained millions with his books


How do you explain to a caterpillar that it can become a butterfly, and will, regardless of its current belief system.

12th May 2001, 20:06
So long and thanks for all the fish.

12th May 2001, 20:10

Mostly Harmless.

12th May 2001, 20:31
Now he can enjoy a good meal and the company of the three breasted hore from eroticonIII
at the restaurant at the end of the universe.

Dr Jekyll
12th May 2001, 20:55
So long, and thanks for all the books.

12th May 2001, 23:00
So long to the man who changed my attitudes to towels forever.


To fly is human, to hover, divine.

12th May 2001, 23:16
Too young. http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/frown.gif

13th May 2001, 00:00
Far too young


Thanks Douglas, a man who inspired me from a very young age.

13th May 2001, 00:35
Very shocked to hear of his death.

Have a drink with Zaphod for me.


13th May 2001, 00:41
I seem to remember one of his characters being dead for a year for tax reasons (Hotblack Desiato?).....I wonder...

Tartan Gannet
13th May 2001, 01:07
All the diodes on my left hand side have shorted on hearing this sad news. http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/frown.gif

13th May 2001, 02:52
This guy just MADE then final year of my time ay University worthwhile, when the original radio series of HHGTTG came out. I still have it all on tape. Can still quote HUGE chunks verbatim - my "Marvin" voice ain't bad!

"We must hurry, or we'll be late"
"Late for what?"
"What's your name, Earth Man?"
"Adams, Douglas Adams"
"Late, as in 'The Late Adams, Douglas Adams'"

Another good one is lost for humanity...

He was a really hoopy frood who REALLY knew where his towel was... http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/frown.gif

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Dave Incognito
13th May 2001, 06:04
Very upsetting news indeed. He was an exceptionally fine author.

I grew up reading Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl and JRR Tolkien. It is really sad that all have now passed on.

Flying is easy - just throw yourself at the ground and miss.

compressor stall
13th May 2001, 06:14
A sad day...

Might have a pan galactic gargle blater in his memory.

Slartibartfast et al also played a (too?)large a part in my education.

Sad to think that there will be no more works of genius. http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/frown.gif

CS. Mostly Harmless.

Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
William Blake

Feeton Terrafirma
13th May 2001, 09:09
Just heard this very sad news on the box.

Thank you for the Babel fish too.


Flood Control Victim

13th May 2001, 11:55
Echo the above - Only 49? I thought he went back further into my Misspent Years, but I suppose he must have started HHGTG when he was young.

SR71 - where's the promised WAV files of The Guide that you were going to send me?


What goes around . . .
. . often lands better!

13th May 2001, 12:15
It says here on the fly leaf of my tattered dog-eared hard back copy of the guide.

"Born in Cambridge in 1952, educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St John's Cambridge where he read English."

Why do all the good ones have to go early?... http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/frown.gif

Through difficulties to the restaurant at the end of the universe.

Give me a gargleblaster and make it a double!

13th May 2001, 13:11
So long, and thanks (as another has said) for all the books.

Dad gave me HHGTTG when I was about 10 and it is amazing how many phrases from his books creep into every day conversations.

*shuffles off sadly to pour a hot beverage that is almost, but not quite, completely unlike tea*

Capt Homesick
14th May 2001, 04:30
And he doesn't want to be buried in Surrey either...

14th May 2001, 05:39
`You'd better be prepared for the jump into hyperspace. It's unpleasently like being drunk.'
`What's so unpleasent about being drunk?'
`You ask a glass of water.'

The world will never find a replacement for this rare person.



Dave Incognito
14th May 2001, 06:44


Tricky Woo
14th May 2001, 13:58
I'm mostly sad.

14th May 2001, 15:46
Has the radio show (which was the original, after all) been put onto CD yet? I own the cassettes, but my son borrowed them in 1990 and I haven't had them back yet.

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14th May 2001, 16:01
JPJ, yes, it's all available on CD. There are, however, some differences in the editing. One of my favourite passages (the missile which was suddenly turned into a very surprised-looking sperm whale) isn't there, for example.

Breeding Per Dementia Unto Something Jolly Big, Toodle-pip

1 of many
14th May 2001, 16:28
Even the mice are sad, and they KNEW it was going to happen!

Farewell - the creator of my copy of 'A Trilogy in Four Parts' which my 18 year old daughter has just finished - ageless entertainment.


Charlie Foxtrot India
14th May 2001, 16:33
(Marvin)"I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed today...I've got a brain the size of a planet and you want me to open doors..."
(doors) "Glad to be of service!"

Onya Douglas, have a pan galactic gargle blaster on me.

Can anyone post some vogon poetry to cheer us all up?

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PPRuNe Towers
14th May 2001, 17:20
Raised a glass or two over in Dublin.

I was one of the sad originals who listened to the first radio series and discovered catch phrases weren't catch phrases unless more than two people in any given city were listening.

Of many happy memories the first that came to mind was an utterly debauched drunkfest in a Brighton hotel bar with our hero and Tom Baker. Truly wonderful company - he will be sorely missed.

Regards from the Towers
Rob Lloyd
[email protected]

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Nil nos tremefacit
14th May 2001, 17:41
I remember tuning in, by mistake, to the first ever radio episode. I was hooked.

I can never think of the fjords without remembering who got an award for them. Nor can I think of 'The Ashes' without considering an SEP.

I'm looking down and, were it not for the environmental consequences, would rush out and buy a pair of shoes to cheer myself up!

So long and thanks for all the fish.

14th May 2001, 21:28
Looks like its the Long Dark Tea Time of Douglas A's Soul.

15th May 2001, 19:05
As my sister said yesterday, what HHGG was to us is what Harry Potter is to her kids. Someone please remind me - who did the title music?

16th May 2001, 01:55
A sad day indeed. I'm off to get my anti-panic glasses.

16th May 2001, 02:19
The music was "Journey of The Sorcerer" by Bernie Leadon.

"one's never alone with a rubber duck." Lets hope he has his with him.

Bye and thankyou for many enjoyable hours..... http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/frown.gif

To infinity and beyond

16th May 2001, 02:24

It says here on the back of my 1979 Vinyl double album of HHGTTG that the title music was:
"Journey of the Sorcerer" by Bernie Leadon, arranged by Tim Souster (At the BBC radiophonic worshop...I think)

Douglas Adams, sadly missed.


Code Blue
16th May 2001, 03:40

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16th May 2001, 06:54
The title music to hhg was "Journey to the Sorcerer", by the Bernie Leadon, of the Eagles. It appeared on an Eagles album, but I can't remember which one. It was re-arranged by the BBC Radiophonic workshop, and actually released as a single.

Such sad news. I remember hearing the ad for the first radio series on the way to school (my dad listened to radio 4) As a sci-fi nut I couldn't believe there'd by anything like that on such a stodgy channel.

Tuning in under the bedclothes with a transistor radio (my god, it really was a long time ago wasn't it) was to gain entry to a totally new world.

However, I have learned the hard way not to lend original, first edition, signed by the author books to the brother of the girl you're currently dating. This is a very bad thing.

RIP douglas, you'll not be forgotten as long as we still need to laugh.


16th May 2001, 10:00
I guess the man upstairs got mad that Arthur Dent managed to find the answer to life, the universe and everything.
Seldom have I had so much fun laughing.

RIP Mr. Adams

16th May 2001, 11:18
Weekend duty at the fish farm. Having cleaned the tanks, prepared the fishfood in an ancient cement mixer, checked all the pumps and the pipes, rushing to get it all done in time.

Fishy smell everywhere, sitting outside in the sun on some very ratty overstuffed chairs, Loch Fyne at it's most beautiful.
A large pint in hand and from the small transistor radio the magic of the HHGTG.
Goodbye and thank you Mr.Adams.

Singularly Simple Person........

17th May 2001, 19:41
For those wishing to commemorate Douglas Adams in a concrete way, at http://www.douglasadams.com
there are links to two of his favourite charities which accept donations online:
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
Save the Rhino

20th May 2001, 13:51
how sad http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/frown.gif
i learnt so much about life the universe and everything from those books :)

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Pilot's sex kitten
4th Jun 2001, 20:05
A friend sent me this link and I felt it only right that it should be shared by all of us who miss the great man. Meet Marvin the paranoid Web server, a tribute to a fanatstic writer.


4th Jun 2001, 20:49

You had a trannie under the bedclothes? In my day it was the chassis of an Alba 4-valve radiogram beside the bed and headphones under the sheets.

Mum usually spotted the glow of the valves and made me turn it off - until she left the room :)

4th Jun 2001, 22:46
I managed to locate the CDs from the BBC shop. It is even better on CD becaus the stereo effects really jump out at you.
It's amazing, tto, how many of the actors have turned up in high quality TV and radio since H2G2.

7th Jun 2001, 02:18
I noticed that there are 41 replies so far on this thread . I couldn`t resist adding one more to bring it up to that all important number 42....he might have appreciated it.

8th Jun 2001, 22:05
So the real answer must have been 43 then!! ;)

I admire him greatly, and I travelled the universe with him.

I believe that he has now left the asylum, and is sitting on a beach, in peace!

9th Jun 2001, 18:05
I first read Hitchhikers when I was 15 (there have been several other readings since then), and the books helped me through the rough and tumble of adolescence. To this day, whenever I need a laugh, all I need to do is recall the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, which is so stupid that it thinks that if you can't see it, it can't see you.

Adams also wrote "Last Chance to See", a serious book about the serious matter of endangered species which he nontheless manages to be side-splittingly funny about.

We've lost another great one, and the world is just a little poorer for it. http://www.pprune.org/ubb/NonCGI/frown.gif