I received an email from David's brother on Wednesday night and found that he has passed away.
I've known David for over 10 years, and I've always wished I knew him better and could have spent more time with him. David had some special talents with regards to U.S. classic stamps that were far over and beyond most of us, and I want to tell you a few things that I learned about him over the years.
When he was 14, and there used to be a stamp shop in Nashville, he found a U.S. 482A and rode it home on his bicycle. How many 14 y/o stamp collectors know what a 482A is and understand how to identify it? This was always mind-blowing to me.
David had some battles with the PF over the years with some submissions and posted some of his conversations/arguments. After a few years of effort, he was finally able to certify his 78c with them, and then others after that. His argument, as I remember it, was that the patient in question was not only violet, but darker black than the reference copy with PF, and that was the issue. Since the stamp did not match the reference copy, it created further problems toward certification.
2 other areas where David concentrated was in Special Printings and in imperforate coils. Some of the Special Printings he found were eventually certified, and I believe he was working on others, and his brother told me that the PF has had some of his Special Printings for a long time, without official response.
One imperf coil that he had certified was not listed in Scott, and his copy is now the only certified (unique) copy. Imperf coils are not my thing, and I'm not sure of the Scott Cat number, but I'm sure that Al E. Gator, will be able to tell more of this.
Tipzi didn't post a lot, but when he did, he had great information to add. There are posts from him in the U.S. Classics topic here on SCF that would be well worth looking at. David, Al E. Gator and I would get together at shows from time to time, and it was always a great time with "show and tell". I've always wanted to have more of these get togethers, and will never forget them.
David was only 56 when he died on November 5th and left us way too early. He had so much more to offer us, and by us, I refer to all of philately in general. He passed away leaving his wife and two children, one not 10 years old yet, and will be truly missed.