The memorial for Hal at Balicon was touching, and I want to thank Evan again for the momento
About a Paranioa game Hal ran at the old BSFS building, "The Search for Hal-O-WEN" With the depressed FunBot.
And nobody shot each other, which frustrated him to no end.
Lovely slide show put together by GCOM (Games Club of MD), shown at the recent Hal Haag remembrance events held at the BSFS clubhouse. Now on the web, courtesy of Dale Arnold.http://www.bsfs.org/hal-slide-show.htm
I am sorry I didn't make it to the gaming session, being at the Lego convention, but I did break down a little when Erin gave me a little lego compatable red beret she had purchased for me.
I've just gotten home from Hal's game day. I think it was just the way he would have wanted it. I'm so grateful to the people who got up and spoke. I knew if I had tried to talk I would have started crying so I just sat and listened. I think Perianne was right on target for me. I can't remember meeting him - it's like he's always been there. And I will always remember him.
I've posted my report at my LJ wouldyoueva
if anyone's interested.
But I left out the joke I told Hal at my husband's Memorial Service. I think I'll let that be our secret.
For all those of you who would like to do something in Hal's name, to honor his generous nature, his preferred charity was the American Diabetes Association. A donation to this organization would be so much nicer than flowers (although a card is still nice to receive), as my father was a regular contributor to them, and he would want that to continue.
Also...he didn't like cut flowers much. Really.
The easiest way to make a donation in his name is via the website:http://www.diabetes.org/
From there, just click on the "Donations" button, and then to the "Memorial Gift" button. All the instructions are very straightforward, and you may use the memorial email address (email@example.com) as the email address for the e-card they send as an acknowledgment.
Again, for all of those wishing to send flowers to the family, make a donation instead, and send somebody else a longer life.
The whole gaming community is much poorer with the passing of Hal. I can't think of a single person who didn't like him. He was always happy, friendly and enthusiastic. The last time I saw him was at this year's Balticon. He was completely enchanted by Race for the Galaxy and taught me how to play. He thought it was one of the best new games to come around in a while and even though it wasn't the kind of game I typically like he made it fun for me.
I will miss his smile. I will miss his hugs. I will miss him.
Ann Marie Rudolph of GCOM sent me this announcement to post up here for all of Hal's friends.The next GCOM Alphabet Soup gaming Session will be held on August 23, noon - 6 pm, in memory of its founder, Hal Haag, who passed away on August 12, 2009.
We don't know how much gaming will actually be done, but everyone who knew Hal is invited to join with us to remember him and celebrate his life, whether you knew him through Gaming, SF Fandom and conventions, or in any other way.
We will provide refreshments, and we are asking for everyone's help with that. If you would like to contribute to a potluck, it would help if you would respond to us at one of the email addresses below and tell us what you plan to bring, so we can augment where necessary. The BSFS Building does not have a kitchen, so what you bring should be ready to go. We may be able to plug in a few crockpots or similar. We will have refrigeration available, but not much.
For those wishing to speak a few words in celebration of Hal's life, we will set aside some time at about 3:00.
Alphabet Soup is held in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Building, at 3310 E Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD, 21224, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, between noon and 6 pm.
Directions are at http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
There is on-street parking, and while the neighborhood may look a bit dodgy, we have not had any significant problem with security issues. But please, don't tempt people, leave electronics, cash, and other bait out of sight, and please lock your car.
Bring your games or just your memories, and join us then.
Please forward this on to other friends of Hal.