As a staff, we had been planning Episode 99 for a while. We already recorded a very interesting interview with former Lanard and Mattel Designer, and huge Joe fan, Hawk Sanders that we knew everyone would love. It seemed like every time we needed the co-hosts to get together on this, something was always preventing the recording from happening. Whether it was Gary or Justin missing because of work, or it was Mike taking a longer than needed nap, the stars never did quite align when we wanted them to. We recorded the bulk of this show on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015. Justin could not join because of work and a lousy Super Bowl victory hangover. So we went to the WOJM sub pool to find someone who could step in. We could think of no other than JoeDeclassified's Gary "Goggles" Head to fill the role. Gary was more than accepting to join, even crafting time away from his family on Tuesday night to record with us into the wee hours of Wednesday morning. It is a GREAT episode. We had good news, we talked about the convention set, we had good letters which sparked great discussion and Gary filled us in with what we would see at the Declass booth in Springfield. We ended this episode with great laughs and hearty good byes knowing that we'd be seeing each other and talking to each other soon. Sadly, on the afternoon of February 7th, we lost Gary to what has been described as a heart condition. Needless to say, as we all considered Gary, not only a friend of the program, but as personal friends too, we were shocked. Words are tough to come by to describe our sadness and remorse. This episode is dedicated to Gary's memory. His loss cannot be measured. He was one-of-a-kind. He will be missed. Thank you Gary for ALL you did for the GI Joe Community and WOJM.
When you are done listening to this episode, our friends at JoeDeclassified setup a fund to help support Gary's family in their time of need. We encourage you to give what you can. Every little bit helps. Thank you.