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I need to contact the Houston club...One of their former members and one of our current members has died...

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I need to contact the Houston club...One of their former members and one of our current members has died...

Billy I am with the Houston HAMS club

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Billy I am with the Houston HAMS club

Hi Jack, thank you...I am pretty sure that Tom Mach was a member at your club, and unfortunatly we lost him nearly 2 weeks ago. I did a little tribute to Tom in our Newsletter and I'd like to send a copy to your club, if he is a member...

If you'd like you can email me at elcaminobilly@yahoo.com so I can get the address to send it to...

Thanks, Billy

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We are all saddened by Tom's sudden and unexpected passing earlier this month. He was a tireless ambassador for this hobby - where many of us beat our gums and give lip service to "passing the torch" to young modelers, Tom got off his ass and did something about it. He was single-handedly responsible for creating an after-school modeling club in an inner city school here in Houston that kept dozens of at-risk kids off the streets, away from gangs, and out of drugs.

He would recruit all of us old guys to come to the school and donate our time, energies, and financial resources to help elementary and junior high school kids learn how to build and paint model cars. He organized model car contests at the school where we would help kids build and display their cars, and every child received an award. Single-parent moms would show up with tears in their eyes, bursting at the seams with pride for their children and profuse with their thanks for Tom and his motley crew of middle-aged modelers.

I took Gregg to one of the meetings when he came to visit me several years ago, and he too was blown away by the generosity of spirit and passion that Tom had for these underpriviliged children. I remember taking dozens of photos with Gregg and the kids, and as I recall we did an editorial in the magazine - or a feature, I can't remember which - about Tom and his program.

Rest in peace, my brother. I know that you are helping the kids in Heaven build their Novas and Mustangs and lowriders. You made a difference in this world, and we are all the better for your selfless dedication to the cause.

Marc Havican

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