For those who didnt make his funeral or wanted to hear it, here is my eulogy for myt great friend Toren Smith who I will miss for the rest of my days.
Thank you so much for sharing this. He was a name I only knew from the anime Gunbuster for so long, and it has really been enlightening to read what everyone has to say about him and his great accomplishments over the past few week or so. I have no doubt that my interest in Japanese cartoons and comics would not exist today if not for his efforts.
He influenced a lot of people. I am proud to have been his friend.
I could not contact you through the contact tab. For whatever reasons, it’s not working on my PC. I have the latest version of Firefox running on Windows XP.
Here’s what I wanted to e-mail to you… =>
I hope you don’t take this the wrong way…
I don’t mean to trivialize Toren’s death but I saw a news item recently that made me think about both the fragility of death and how a legacy can follow you a century or more later =>
“Nearer My God to Thee” indeed…
I never met Toren face-to-face but did talk to him through your blog a number of times over the years. I was a fan of his work on Oh My Goddess! and was very familiar with that series from the time the original OVA’s got released in the US (mid-1990s as I recall) and did appreciate his work.
His work is going to stand on its own for a very long time and his place in the cultural exchanges is not going to be forgotten. That and his personal insistence on the integrity of his work are much appreciated.
- George A Cepeda
James – Toren was my cousin. I and his other cousins appreciate your words, include your earliest tribute which appeared so quickly after his death. Speaking for myself and my sisters, eeing Toren through the eyes of his friends and co-workers and admirers has been of some comfort to us. His sister, my other cousin, has asked me to try to collect some of the web tributes for her parents. If you would consider sending me your eulogy in an electronic document (assuming you wrote it out) which I can print for my aunt and uncle, please respond so I can send you my email address.
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