would like to pass on my deepest sympathy and condolences to Carol, i was fortunate enough to know ron from since when he joined the forum... he had a knowledge of food, and a passion for cooking. smoking was something entirely new to him and in no time he had picked up enough to make his MES putting out some great Q. i used to always kid him that it didnt have a smoke ring though and he would always come back with "well, ya cant taste the smoke ring now can you?"... Ron was a very open person and shared his knowledge widely. sunday nites were pretty much a ritual call from Ron, and we enjoyed talking about the new posts of course, the fishing from when he was in wisconsin, and whatever else came up. i always considered Ron to be a great friend and he was always ready to offer an opinion on how to do something different/better. I am going to miss that greatly. His wife Carol, from the limeted conversations i had with her was a very friendly person also. his friends he had made here, and there were many, and this whole forum will miss him greatly. thanks again Dave for passing on the news. i got a call late last night/this am at work of the sad news. Again my condolences to Carol and family.