Author Topic: Former webhost of the "Lupin III FAQ," Steve Pearl, passed away.  (Read 3009 times)

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Former webhost of the "Lupin III FAQ," Steve Pearl, passed away.
« on: November 13, 2007, 04:29:50 am »
Although the Lupin III FAQ was originally assembled by Curtis Hoffman (primarily with Usenet contributions from Carl Horn), Steve Pearl graciously kept the FAQ alive and accessible on his site, Otaking.com, for some years.

The version of the FAQ Pearl hosted was actually a conversion of the original text version to HTML which was coded by our own Luis Cruz. The FAQ would eventually be reborn as an actual living website (Lupin III FAQ HTML version), and later as the Lupin Encyclopedia, both dutifully and masterfully maintained by Luis Cruz with some early contributions by ex-Lupin fan Bruce Osborne (who I believe now goes by James Osborne and runs some J-rock fansite).

But I digress. Pearl was a huge contributor to anime fandom in the infancy of the Internet and I offer my thanks to him and sympathies to his kin for their loss.

Here's ANN's report on Mr. Pearl:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-11-13/american-otaking-steve-pearl-passes-away

Here's the old Lupin FAQ via the Archive.org Wayback Machine:
http://web.archive.org/web/19990128034314/www.otaking.com/otaking/lupin/lupin_faq.html
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Re: Former webhost of the "Lupin III FAQ," Steve Pearl, passed away.
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007, 08:40:08 am »
I never had the pleasure of knowing Steve on a personal level, but he was always a good guy to talk to on and off Usenet.  As an old-timer from the rec.arts.anime days, this feels like the end of an era.  Steve, you'll be missed; we'll keep on Starbucking for you as long as we can.

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Re: Former webhost of the "Lupin III FAQ," Steve Pearl, passed away.
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2007, 11:37:48 am »
I didn't know the guy personally, but it's sad to see him go. Hopefully the difference he made and his accomplishments won't be forgotten anytime soon.

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Re: Former webhost of the "Lupin III FAQ," Steve Pearl, passed away.
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2007, 10:50:11 pm »
I don't know of the guy, but it's always sad when someone dies.

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Re: Former webhost of the "Lupin III FAQ," Steve Pearl, passed away.
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2007, 11:31:22 am »
I'm sorry to hear about this. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.