jan howard finder Memorial and Irish Wake

Wombat and RedShift

The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.
~ Rousseau

jan howard finder – 2 March 1939 to 26 February 2013 – known to many as "The Wombat", lived up to that quote. He was the sort of meandering spirit who was passionate, primarily about being passionate, and swore by happy clichés such as "Life is short; eat dessert first!" and "May the best of the past be the worst of the future."

WombatCon was a success! On June 1, 2013, friends from all over, including Anne from Australia, dropped in, sat down, talked forever. We toasted jan with his favorite apple juice. We also gave a toast to F*K Cancer. The display of items from jan's life took up five six foot tables, and still wasn't big enough. I don't think anything would be big enough for all that jan was and all that he did. Samples included:

For further reading: 'Greatest enthusiast' dies at 73, jan's Facebook page, jan's blog The Real Wombat, and jan's Wikipedia entry.

Chair: Lin Daniel    If you want to share your jan stories, email them and I'll post them (eventually) on jan's blog and on his Facebook page.