Four years ago today, the world lost the brilliantly creative imagination of Douglas Adams, at the dreadfully young age of 49. The BBC Obituary was one of many sites to report upon his death and celebrate his life and work.
I can still remember the sense of disbelief and loss, but it wasn't till about May 13th that I finally heard the news. I was on vacation in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at the time, and often far from the internet and current events. When I did find out what had happened, I found it almost spooky that I'd been relaxing on the beach for the past few days, busily re-reading all five volumes of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy for the first time in several years.
It is such a shame that the world was robbed of such a great mind. Douglas was such a wonderful thinker, and his analysis of even the smallest little event, thing or idea was a delight to listen to or read about. Whenever I see or hear interviews with Douglas I'm always impressed with his infectious enthusiasm about whatever subject has currently taken over his thoughts.
I have to thank him for his book Last Chance To See, without which I wouldn't have this website to write this post on. Douglas Adams has been an inspiration to me and has fired my imagination and learning in many different ways. I know so much more about endangered animals now, and it's been a real eye-opener and education.