That’s my client Rick Maltin, out for his Sunday drive through the Sierra foothills... except that Rick is not 19 like his riding pals, he’s a handsome, tanned, vibrant 61.
Was 61. A verb tense that has no damn business applying to Rick.
Rick died of a heart attack on January 7, 2011. He was never sick or dragging a single day that I knew him. Rather, he was the kind of guy who started every phone call with something like,
“GOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING RED!!!”
It may seem wierd to blog here about a lost client. But it's fitting because Rick may have been the most active reader and participant in this blog. I think he commented on nearly every blog post here in 2010! All while getting a thousand other things done.
Rick was in a Ph.D. program in Astrophysics in the early ‘70s, then transitioned into a long career guiding Silicon Valley technology start-ups. In 2009 he co-founded Youthing Essentials with business and health guru Harriet Diamond, and built a new multi-channel retail operation from scratch.
Rick is someone whose word everyone trusted. Always cheerful and funny. Always honest and humble. And now always deeply missed.