John Simonton – RIP 2005

I am saddened to learn from the Make blog that John Simonton, the founder of PAiA, and probably one of my all-time electronics hobbyist heros, died of cancer sometime last week.

Although I was never able to afford any of his kits as a kid, a friend of mine built the Gnome, and I drooled over the PAiA catalog endlessly. I cannot understate the impact his kits and articles in Popular Electronics had on my electronics career.

create digital music has a good post with plenty of links to commentary and forums.

PAiA has made a resurgence in recent years, I hope his passing will not effect the availability of their kits.

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