Dear Pete,

I’m so sorry to read of the passing of your father. He was a powerful influence in our industry for decades and you continue to expand on that! We will all remember him for being a positive voice for the cattle industry. It’s no small feat to digest the complexities of our business and present them in such an appealing fashion, but you are the gold standard.

My earliest recollections as a 10-year-old ranch kid involved the WLJ, believe it or not! My dad was an eastern-educated CPA who married into the cattle business and my grandfather was a wheat farmer who added a cattle ranch later in his life.

My dad would underline, circle, or otherwise emphasis points Dick would make in his editorials and have me take the WLJ to my grandfather, whose house was a scant 50 yards from ours. My grandfather, also an educated man, but somewhat more intuitive and emotional, gravitated to the Western Livestock Reporter (WLR) and Pat Goggins, also a powerful voice in the business.

He would send me back home with an equally highlighted, and sometimes emphasized in red, Goggins editorial in the WLR! It didn’t take me long to start reading both, plus the comments of the two most influential men in my life, my dad and grandfather, and my education was enhanced early!

Great men, great publications, great industry! My grandparents also traveled to Africa in the late ’60s on a WLJ tour and Dick was the greatest host and tour guide and it was the trip of a lifetime for them! So thanks to your father, to your family, and to you for carrying on the Crow legacy! As an aside, I haven’t read the WLR in years....

Again, my condolences for your loss.

Dick Coon, Benge, WA

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