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.