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Donald L. Jack 1924-2003 (Read 709 times)
Martin Mielke
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Reply #15 - 29. Sep 2003 at 23:40
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After reading about Donald Jack "going west", I got out "Three Cheers for Me" and browsed through it, coming to the part where Bandy crashed his Camel into a duck pond just after take off.  As you may recall, his friends gathered around the flaming wreckage and spoke a few words about the deceased, unaware that Bandy had crawled up out of the marsh and was standing among them.  Paraphrased:

"Don't suppose we'll ever see another quite like him," Wordy said. "He was infuriating bastard sometimes. Just looking at that blank face of his - when my nerves were bad it made me, you know, feel like climbing the wall, and ... But ... I don't know."

I shivered, feeling sad.

"He certainly was quite a shot," Brashman said. I think he said "shot".

"Didn't give a darn about anything", someone else said. I looked around, offended, to see if I could identify this speaker.

"Poor devil," Milestone said.

I looked down and sniffed.


Well, if Donald Jack is standing among us right now, I'll raise a toast to him. So long Jack. Eight Bandy books were not enough.
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Kit Hildreth
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Reply #16 - 28. Oct 2003 at 00:27
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Have been on my umpteen re-read of my dog-eared Bandys of late and, while surfing the net on Bill Gates' face decided to drop in and see if Bart's latest escapade: reducing Stalin to gibbering idiocy/extreme apoplexy was ready yet. SO SAD to hear Don has gone! Having had several strokes myself, I can only hope it was quick for him.  Wouldn't like to revisit my own rehab on anybody.
Still 78 is not a bad age to go to the big Jamjahr in the sky.
When all is said and done, even after 20odd years, Don's divine description of English plumbing and it's impact on an unsuspecting Canuck never  fails  to leave me guffawing, spluttering and choking while drawing looks of utter incredulity from nearest and dearest! Who once had the brazen effrontary to suggest I was Bart in disguise minus those elegant equine features...bloody cheek! To suggest my not having the equine features I mean..

Now I find there was more than an element of our hero in his "inventor" from his affectionate obituaries!   Let us hope that enough manuscript was left to bring out Volume Nine.  Oddly though, I found Hitler-v-me was better 2nd time around than the first.  The only Bandy tome I have, not fit only for the Book rehab centre!

Glad to see there are other  Hitchhiker fans out there too. Well, they put that on the boob tube; Bandy's turn! I shall send a copy of Volume 1 to Auntie BEEB with the suggestion. Check out Tom Sharpe as well lads an lasses!

Now, finding a suitable thoroughbred with just the precise braying tone and hearing impairment voice qualities to bring our hero to life... not to mention the apoplectic top brass...fully prepped for immediate transport to the funny house...after a mere ten minutes of untramelled Bandyitis!
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Zoltan Beldi
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Reply #17 - 31. Oct 2003 at 07:12
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As with others, I have probably contributed three libraries worth of Donald Jack's books to others in order to share the humour and pleasure of his writing. I have travelled to out of the way places and visited second hand bookshops hoping to be able to replenish my stocks of any of his books. It was quite a shock to find myself buying my own books!
I'm afraid I'm one of those people who can't believe Bandy wasn't real. Recently, we drove through France pasing through Amiens and Villers-Brittoneux  and couldn't help thinking that Bandy was riding his bicycle through this part of the country and how hard it must have been.
Like others on this forum, I too have been changed by DJ and Douglas Adams.
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Terry Lyttle
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Reply #18 - 26. Dec 2003 at 05:14
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darn!  I have been looking for a site covering Donals Jack, and when I find it, he's gone!  I wanted to send him a letter of thanks for the years of laughs that he has provided me.  I also spent some of my cash supplying Bandy to people in my enthusiasm for his writing; spreading the word, you might say.  The copies that I have kept in my possession are truly dog-eared, so I am glad that they are being reissued.

I would like to offer my condolences to Mr. Jack's family, their loss is certainly shared by his fans.
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Gavin McDougald
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Reply #19 - 06. Jan 2004 at 16:40
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I’ve often wondered if it is an indictment on me, or a testament to him that one of the seminal influences of my life has been Donald Jack.

I read his books as a child and have re-read them umpteen times since. In fact I invariably carry a copy of one his books in my car for the inevitability of being left frustrated waiting for one thing or another with nothing to do. His work has become my mind’s ultimate pacifier.

Usually the writers who influence folks are the great philosophers and humanists. But for my sensibilities, Donald Jack was both of these things. His view on the ludicrous endeavour that is war holds as true today as it did when he first put pen to paper. As does his portrait of ordinary people being caught up  - and sometimes swept away – by great events.

His passing saddens me, but his legacy is I  - and many more like me - will be able to enjoy their lives just a little bit more.

What more could a man ask for.
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Steve Dunkley
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Reply #20 - 15. Feb 2004 at 22:59
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As a individual always fascinated by aviation, it was the picture on the front of a paperback book (probably in a W H Smith somewhere) that made me buy my first Bandy volume more than 25 years ago. Fortuitously it was the the first volume in the series and I remember how surprised I was when, expecting a hopefully readable story of the RFC, I found myself reading the funniest book of my life. I immediately searched for the other volumes and found the next two. My searches for the remainder were thwarted by claims of "out of print". Then came the internet and I have now read everything up to Me So Far. God Bless you, Donald, for making me laugh, for creating characters for whose loss I have felt more grief than many a real person. My belated, but sincere, sympathy to your family. May you rest in peace disturbed only by laughter from those who continue to read your books.
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Capt Graham Bandy
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Reply #21 - 25. Feb 2004 at 13:43
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As a real Capt Bandy, I discovered the books a couple of years ago. I found a great deal to laugh about, and a great deal to squirm about. As much as I wanted to share my discovery with my fellow officers in the mess, I didn't dare, as I thought that they may have found too many comparisons!!!!

What a loss.
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Reply #22 - 25. Jul 2004 at 03:25
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Thanks Don, The world will be a much poorer place without you and Bart!

So long

A.J. Kelly
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Casey Goodhew
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Reply #23 - 09. Nov 2004 at 16:37
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Does anyone know where Donald Jack's memorial is in Toronto? I'm a Canadian living in England, and I work with his grandson. I'm visiting Canada next week, and I'd like to visit the memorial to take some pictures for him. Cheers to anyone who can help.
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Reply #24 - 15. Jul 2005 at 13:14
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Became acquainted with the Bandy Papers years ago and have read each one numerous times as well as introducing them to several others including 3 of my brothers whose reaction was much the same as mine. As a military history nut I've always felt that Donald Jack was among the great ones in his ability to protray the futility of war in a humourous manner.

I only just became aware of his death while doing a search to introduce yet another reader to his wonderful books.
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Robert Macdonald
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Reply #25 - 12. Sep 2005 at 18:48
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I just finished volumes 4 to 6 after being away from Bart for much too long and am now looking forward with great anticipation to volumes 7, 8 and 9.

It was in looking on the web to see if Donald Jack had written anymore than the first six that I found this site. I am delighted to learn that I will get to share more of Bart's amazing adventures, but saddened to learn that will (have) come to an end.

Mr. Jack, I know you were born in England, but you forever will be known to me as a great Canadian writer.  You made me laugh (how can anyone ever not think of the bath scene in Three Cheers for Me with its various levers, spouts, crevices and other marvels of English plumbing without chuckling) through the type of humour that allows us to look into the mirror and see us as we truly are.  Thanks for finding Bartholomew and sharing him with us.
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kristy von platen
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Reply #26 - 12. Aug 2008 at 01:48
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Does anyone know if donald jack was in marin co. calif. in 1956?  Did he know Maryanne Tulley Ashley?
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Reply #27 - 12. Aug 2008 at 09:52
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kristy von platen wrote on 12. Aug 2008 at 01:48:
Does anyone know if donald jack was in marin co. calif. in 1956?  Did he know Maryanne Tulley Ashley?


I think he was mostly in Ottawa during that period, working for Crawley Films. Do you know of a connection? I know he used the name, "Marin", but I haven't heard of any other link.
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Nicholas Jack
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Reply #28 - 09. Sep 2008 at 00:36
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Donald Lamont Jack was my Uncle, my name is Martin Nicholas Lamont jack, my father is Robert Murdoch Jack. I am in Edmonton Alberta, and on Facebook. As far as I know, my uncle was in Toronto in 1956.
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Reply #29 - 18. Oct 2009 at 21:59
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Sometimes it seems like it was only yesterday when I was 15 or so home with the flu and my pop came home with Three Cheers For me. I devoured it in one day and pops came home with Volume 2 a day or so later.  I honestly dont know how many times I've read those first 3 books in the last 35 years. They are, he is and Donald Jack (despite never having met him) have been some of my closest friends for much of my life. I believe Donald, Bart and all of his characters are our greatest kept literary secret....hard to believe he has already been gone for almost 7 years now.

And yes...after countless readings like everyone else I still laugh out loud....and at times quietly sniffle.  So much emotional terrain covered by one narrative. Thank you Donald....and I promise to keep visiting you and your wonderful characters until I am unable to open my tattered copies anymore.

AM
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