“…He said nice things, which is always gratifying. To know you left a bit of a mark, even in the final laps…”
Carroll “Lex” LeFon
November 3, 2011
A Bit about Lex for Those Who Are New
Carroll “Lex” LeFon was one of the first milbloggers who, within a few years, developed a world-wide audience with thousands of readers. Only he really didn’t think of himself as only a milblogger. His blog was so much more – not only reporting on military news, but social discussions of the day, stories of his time in naval aviation, and insightful and inspiring essays on life.
Some of these stories are hilarious and some instructive. He encouraged people of various beliefs to join in the discussion. All that he asked was respect for one another and civility.
I am paraphrasing an old slogan from the New York Times (from 1896?) but as promised yesterday in my Epilogue I am combing the Wayback Machine to see anything that we don’t have in the archives.
I want to say that we have everything that is remotely good before calling it a day.
So for many of you if you have seen these at all, most are only for the 2nd time, in 6-14 years.
Unfortunately the Wayback Machine only accessed Lex’s website sometimes every 2-3 weeks. Other times it went on sequential days. No rhyme or reason for this old programmer. But we’ll get what we can, starting with 2004.
Thank you all for your nice compliments but Lex did most of the work 😉 I was simply putting him back out there, where his writing belongs. And, if it weren’t for advokaat, there would have been nothing to bring back. I keep thinking of nearly 9 years of Lex’s work, work that he put his heart into – gone forever without advokaat.
So hopefully for the next month – or longer – who knows? We can get a bit more daily Lex.
It’s funny where life takes you. Sometimes the smallest step takes you in an unforeseen new direction. I had never heard of Carroll “Lex” LeFon, until that fateful day at chicagoboyz when David Foster told his readers of Lex’s accident. He linked a few of his favorite Lex posts, and from my very first Lex post I was off in a new direction.
How could I have foreseen that from one click on a link over 5 years ago I’d be writing about Lex today? How could Lex have foreseen 14 years ago that for nearly 9 years he’d be telling readers stories of his life and opinions of the day? Or that he would come to consider many of his readers to be “the best friends he never met”?
I found his writing to be addictive. I had, however, been trying to understand for quite a while why his writing was so enjoyable for me.