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Old 07-28-2020, 02:20 PM   #41
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I had a feeling something like this was going on. Rest in peace, dear sir. OldNuc helped me with my first engine rebuild back in 2011. I learned so much and he had an encyclopedia like knowledge of how machines and the world worked. 50 thousand posts. We'll all miss him.
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Not 50,000 posts, OldNuc had exactly 66,693 posts.
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Old 07-28-2020, 04:38 PM   #43
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Old 07-28-2020, 08:35 PM   #44
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I'm so sorry to hear this! I really liked that guy; even though my only interaction with him was through this forum. He was SO helpful and always straight up about it. RIP.
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Old 07-29-2020, 12:43 AM   #45
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The forum and the world has lost an incredible person . He knew so much about Saturns and mechanical engineering you'd think he was a Saturn engineer. One time I asked him if he worked for GM. He said no, and that he was just a retired naval engineer. I'll miss him.
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Old 08-03-2020, 01:31 PM   #46
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Rest in Peace OldNuc.

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Old 08-04-2020, 05:53 PM   #47
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RIP OldNuc.

He sure helped me on my son’s 1996 rebuild.
I even talked to him on the phone when my rebuild was having issues.
I am grateful for him sharing his knowledge and his advice.
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Old 08-04-2020, 05:58 PM   #48
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RIP OldNuc.

He sure helped me on my son’s 1996 rebuild.
I even talked to him on the phone when my rebuild was having issues.
I am grateful for him sharing his knowledge and his advice.
Same here. I wish I had called when he went silent, and before it was too late.
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:10 PM   #49
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Haven't been around very often lately because my '01 Saturn SL1 runs like a top. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Always valued Old Nuc's advice whatever it was. Sometimes confusing, but never faulty. Going to miss him.
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Old 08-05-2020, 03:54 AM   #50
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Even though I will never personally have known you, I still felt a connection to you with how much help you gave around the forums. There will always be something missing without you here. Rest in Peace good friend
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Old 08-05-2020, 06:12 PM   #51
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What sad news! I always appreciated OldNuc's expertise. May he rest in peace.
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Old 08-10-2020, 01:35 AM   #52
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Rest in peace, good sir. We had our minor disagreements on small points, but OldNuc was a very helpful member and will be missed.
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Old 08-10-2020, 08:55 PM   #53
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I'm brokenhearted to hear this. He was a great man and so generous with his time, even when you could tell by reading between the lines that he was exasperated! 🙂.

Shortly after I joined the site, I sent him a PM to introduce myself, as at the time I was working on a digital upgrade to the reactor protection system at a nuclear plant. I had been laughing to myself reading some of his posts because he used some phrases that are only known in the nuclear engineering field. In his reply he said he had his Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) license at three different plants, which is a huge deal in the nuclear world, and means you're one of the smartest people there (with a lot of stiff competition), and that you're at the top of the food chain. Here's part of his reply to me:

"Actually I held an SRO license on all 3 Dresden plants and then went out into the contract world doing reliability engineering and preventive maintenance program development. After way too many years living daily with unfathomable stupidity and management myopia I retired to the country where I can take a leak off of the front porch with no one complaining or calling the cops when I decide to punch 0.30 cal holes in paper.
Does wonders for peace of mind. "

I sure will miss him! And to be perfectly truthful, I had a fantasy of driving out to Iowa in my trusty Saturn and having a torrid fling with him! . I'm about the right age, and assuming he was straight, I'm the right gender, too. I guess we'll have to find a nice quiet spot in the glades of Heaven and get to know each other better!
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"..... After way too many years living daily with unfathomable stupidity and management myopia I retired to the country where I can take a leak off of the front porch with no one complaining or calling the cops when I decide to punch 0.30 cal holes in paper.
Does wonders for peace of mind. "
Thanks for sharing this special memory of OldNuc! His profession -- and insights -- make perfect sense. And the "leak off the front porch" made me laugh -- and reminded me of LBJ, who loved doing the same at night when he visited his ranch home in TX, scaring the hell out of new Secret Service staff....
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I am extremely shocked and saddened to learn of OldNuc's passing.
Because I only check in occasionally now I just learned of this a few moments ago.

I exchanged many, many messages with him over the course of my membership on this forum, though toward the end he no longer replied.
I did not take it personally because I assumed that he was being inundated with messages.

He and I messaged/discussed the Idaho Falls SL-1 nuclear incident at great length for example.
This exchange began while my wife and I were staying in Idaho Falls overnight on our way back from a trip to the mid-west.
He offered links to some very interesting discussions about what happened as well as his own personal insights.

Although we sometimes disagreed on things, as is to be expected between any two persons, I always respected and valued his wisdom and professionalism.
Our first "conversation" was me asking him how he tolerated answering the same questions over and over again, and expressing my great respect.

I consider it an honor to have exchanged thoughts and experiences with him and cannot begin to express how sad it makes me to learn of his passing.
I would have loved to meet him in person, and am devastated that I was not able to send him a message of support and sympathy.
He was unquestionably the greatest contributor to this forum and a man of many talents.

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RIP.....

I've been busy and not been on here.

I was a dealer tech for a career at one point for over 10+ years. Not a lot of folks I bounce ideas off on the internet, but OldNuc was one of them.

I always seemed to make friends with the surly ones :-) I'm the same way pretty much.

We had a good time buddy, hope you have that mint Saturn u always wanted now!

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Old 08-18-2020, 11:14 AM   #57
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I’ve been a member for a while and a lurker long before that. I’m on my third Saturn now. I never exchanged words or anything with Oldnuc. He was like the bookmark that I never had to save. I remember several times a year, when I was frustrated and stumped and about to loose my last bit of sanity, that all I usually had to do was enter his username into my iPhones search box and I would likely find an answer to my undoubtably already asked questions given the proper verbiage used. I never saw him use the term “I don’t know” or “ ask someone else”. It will be strange the next time I immediately think of his username for a quick concise and educated answer to my query. R.I.P. thanks for all the help you never knew you gave. Lol I remember freaking out trying to find electrasol dish detergent in my area before I googled it because I knew if he said it then it must be here somewhere lol.
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^^^^ Good point! We all should be comforted with the fact that Old Nuc's wisdom and expertise lives on here for as long as Saturnfans.com is active.
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RIP OldNuc. I haven't been on here much but I did have a few interactions with him. There have been even more times where searching his name have yielded the results I sought and then some! And I can say we are all thankful for the knowledge you have shared and thankful with the help of a search button that your knowledge will continue to guide us DIYers and anyone seeking guidance on fixing their Saturn. OldNuc, thank you so much for all that you have given us! Rest easy.
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Oh wow,
I often pondered how he knew so much about these cars. Sounds like a smart man. Had a bad feeling about this when he stopped logging in.
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