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Reader Comments on Last Train Out

From Vance, April 8, 2009 at 6:32 PM:

Dear Jack,
Thank you. I’ve only read a few of your books and a few of your blog articles, but without question, you are ‘the real deal’ and I admire you and your work. Relax and rest knowing as you do I’m sure that you’ve entertained and educated many, many people like me who are so much the happier and the better for it.
Best regards, ~~Vance

From Jessie-Lynne, March 30, 2009 at 8:08 PM:

I just had to tell you of the impact you had on my life the last quarter century.

I had just left the dry-out place when you got hold of me, told me to take off the hair shirt and bury those resentments.

You became my deputy AA sponsor in our little get togethers at the T-U and taught me how to enjoy the highs and keep it simple, stupid!

Oh, what a path I have trod since then. Not only overcame a poor marriage and alcoholism, but survived the suicide of my beloved son and outlasted all the %#(*&% editors who really tried to get rid of me.

I am still there.

On March 9, I celebrated 45 years at the T-U.

On March 10, I was diagnosed with lung cancer, six years after I got into a clinical trial at Mayo and took a drug that helped me quit 45 years of smoking in two weeks!

I am undergoing very aggressive chemo and radiation.

I am in a very good place. This morning driving to work after radiation, I felt a complete sense of grace and peace. I have no fear. I will be 71 on April 26 and what a ride it has been, thanks to wonderful friends like you!

Go in peace and love, my dear Jack Dayton Hunter. You are a good man who lived a good life and deserves your reward.

With fondest thoughts,

Your modern-day Addie,

Jessie- Lynne

From Jim W, March 30, 2009 at 7:43 AM:

I read your latest blog and am now in a blue funk. You’re such an institution, Jack. Seems like the ornery old guy would always be there but alas, you must take your exit. I certainly have enjoyed the honor of meeting and getting to know you.

From Dan, March 28, 2009 at 1:56 PM:

Jack: So. . . you have fought a war, had a wonderful marriage, raised four good children, helped countless numbers of people fighting the disease of alcoholism, edited a magazine for a major corporation, written 18 books, helped writers for a newspaper chain become better writers, had a thought provoking blog, and now, you are thinking of slowing down. Me, I still think I have accomplished a major goal in life when I mow the lawn. I love you and wish you well the rest of the way. Dan

From Bill, March 28, 2009 at 1:16 PM:

Hello Jack,
Just wanted to give my best wishes to a friend I have never met. I’ll miss our Saturday morning chats, with a cuppa in my hand, and wonderful words coming from yours.
Take care, my friend.
Best regards,

From Bob Hunter, March 28, 2009 at 10:12 AM:

Hi Jack:

I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs, especially those where we shared some of the events you talked about. I am really sorry you don’t feel well enough to continue them. I will miss them arriving in my e-mail box as will many others.

Our “almost” monthly get-togethers over lunch were always a gas for me too — many laughs but sometimes serious stuff as well. I could always count on you for some very insightful but also some very curmudgeonly observations on the passing scene. I’m glad we are close enough together that we could do this, that it brought us closer together as friends as well as brothers.

I suppose I could have become resentful over the fact that I was known best in many circles as “Jack Hunter’s Brother”. Au contraire, I have always been proud enough of you to consider this appelation an honor.

I know you are going through a tough time and I only wish I could do something to ease it for you. Even so, you know I am here to do anything I can — just ask.

Brother Bob

From Nib, March 28, 2009 at 6:37 AM:

Jack: Until we meet again!

From Charlie, March 23, 2009 at 2:23 PM:

I hear you are fighting the good fight once again. I hope you know how much I value your friendship over the years. All my best wishes.

From Annelle, March 22, 2009 at 1:19 PM:

My Dear Precious - Gordon just emailed me about your current condition. . . . what a tragic situation. . . .
I will remember you always - you’re the most fasinating person I’ve ever met. . .
Fondly, Annelle

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