We at Astronomy magazine just learned about the death of a wonderful man and important astronomy enthusiast who helped change amateur astronomy for the better, especially in the 1970s and ’80s. John Sanford died December 11, 2011, after a long illness in his beloved Southern California, at the age of 72.
I never met Mr. Sanford, but it is obvious that he enriched the lives of those who did, and many who didn't, through his writings. We should all be so accomplished. He changed the world a bit for the better. Not many of us can claim that.