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Post by anonforthis » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:33 am

Echo what everyone has said. Thank you again.

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Post by SteveB3005 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:41 am

My favorite insurance guy. Ever. Thanks for your help Meph. RIP

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Post by zengolf2011 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:05 am

Meph, thank you for sharing your knowledge so generously.

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Post by tainted-meat » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:10 am

Thank you for sharing your knowledge. It is up to us to continue to pay it forward.

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Post by Biffer » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:28 pm

I read and learned from hundreds of Ole Meph posts. Thank you Ole Meph, and best to your family.
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Post by kelvan80 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:37 pm

So many great contributions by Ole Meph. Many thanks! I doubt we will see someone as dedicated and honest in that profession in this board but we can always hope.

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Post by stratton » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:13 pm

I loved Ole Meph's insurance posts. Love the boil down to main points cutting through the sales chaff.

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Post by Tycoon » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:49 pm

Sad news indeed. I wish him and his family well.
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Post by rrppve » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:21 pm

+1 to all of the above.
Really appreciated your expert posts and PMs. I learned a lot and trusted your advice.
My thoughts are with you and your family. Just remember it's a percentage game but the only outcome that matters is yours. Hang in there.

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Post by dumbbunny » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:53 pm

Mephistophles - May your faith be your strength.
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Post by artibug » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:05 pm

Thank you, Lee. We appreciate your sage wisdom. Will miss you.

God bless.

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Post by TJSI » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:28 pm

Thank you for the gift of your knowledge. You have helped many along the way and it is appreciated.


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Post by slowbutsteady » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:56 pm

So sad. Ole Meph, Your posts and icon connote the wise old one (sage) that you indeed are. You have helped many of us, especially with regards to insurance education and decisions. You will be missed.
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Post by mcgarrett » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:00 am

I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your knowledge and patiently educating us. I appreciate your honesty and sage advice, and wish you and your family comfort and peace.

McGarrett

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Post by mudfud » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:01 am

Ole Meph has meant a lot to me for various reasons. All I can say is THANK YOU Ole Meph. Below I'm reproducing my post from December 7th, 2007 on this forum:

"This is a tremendous forum, thanks to folks like Ole Meph.

Everyone has their own stories about how they found the Diehards. For me it was through a Google search that led me to an incredibly insightful post by Ole Meph on the old forum.

Ole Meph also gets credit for perhaps the most stirring piece of prose ever composed on any internet forum:
http://www.diehards.org/forum/viewtopic ... 6549#16549

Your land is not only part of your "net worth," it is also part of your total worth as a being traveling on this planet we call earth. From the dawn of time, for all living creatures, the land has been our mother, our father, our sustainer, that from which we arose and that to which we will return. Land can provide us with food, water, shelter, clothing, a place to mate and a place to call home. It can satisfy our physical needs, our emotional needs and provide a spiritual connection to all that is.

Put more concretely, Nosferatu, you can build and live on your land, grow crops and raise animals there and have the space to provide for those of your clan.

The land you own has far more value than any bank account, 401 K, mutual fund or electronic entry next to your name.

They say that value lies in the eye of the beholder, but in the case of land the value will be there long after the beholder is gone.


Best regards,

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Re: Sad News About a Respected Forum Member

Post by Premier » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:24 am

Never had the chance to interact with Ole Meph on the forum but he, along with many others, is what makes this forum a great place...full of knowledge and patience. :sharebeer Cheers to Old Meph and the countless others that bring such sage advice and true financial counseling.
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Post by oragne lovre » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:37 am

Does Bogleheads forum have a dedicated space, like "hall of fame," where respected forum members' invaluable advice and their profiles such as Old Meph's are archived?
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Re: Sad News About a Respected Forum Member

Post by BL » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:49 am

Thanks for letting us know. When Old Meph speaks, I listen. Peace.

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Post by Premier » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:04 am

oragne lovre wrote:Does Bogleheads forum have a dedicated space, like "hall of fame," where respected forum members' invaluable advice and their profiles such as Old Meph's are archived?


Thumbs up for this idea
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Post by BrianMc » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:21 am

Ole Meph, a Boglehead and Diehards legend.

About 12 years ago, there were a series of monster threads on M* concerning a financial company many would consider "questionable" (I'm keeping it kind and not mentioning their name) in its dealings with military personnel with respect to investing and insurance. You would swear they hired several guys to respond to the comments on M* to any posting that mentioned the company name. Ole Meph brilliantly countered every one of their ridiculous claims, in a knock down, drag out, yet very eloquent way.

Ole Meph: THANK YOU for being a voice for America's military families.

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Post by HomerJ » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:25 am

He touched many lives.

That's a real legacy. He will be missed.

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Post by CFM300 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:41 am

Thanks for all of your contributions, Ole Meph. I learned a lot from your posts.

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Re: Sad News About a Respected Forum Member

Post by rick2427 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:47 am

Sorry to hear about Ole Meph's condition.

May God give him strength as he battles to survive!

Rick

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Post by Barry Barnitz » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:55 am

A tribute:

On the very eve of his death, [Mozart] had the score of the Requiem brought to his bed, and himself (it was two o'clock in the afternoon) sang the alto part; Schack, the family friend, sang the soprano line, as he had always previously done, Hofer, Mozart's brother-in-law, took the tenor, Gerl, later a bass singer at the Mannheim Theater, the bass. They were at the first bars of the Lacrimosa when Mozart began to weep bitterly, laid the score on one side, and eleven hours later, at one o'clock in the morning (of 5 December 1791, as is well known), departed this life. Death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Wikipedia


Requiem de Mozart - Lacrimosa - Karl Böhm - Sinfónica de Viena - YouTube

Lacrimosa

Lacrimosa dies illa
Qua resurget ex favilla
Judicandus homo reus.
Huic ergo parce, Deus:
Pie Jesu Domine,
Dona eis requiem.
Amen.

[Click blue autoplay button or hit cancel to stop autoplay].

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Post by ray.james » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:51 am

So sad to hear about this. His knowledge and critique with straight shooting posts will be dearly missed.
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Re: Sad News About a Respected Forum Member

Post by Cernel » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:28 am

May God bless and bring you peace.
Thank you for all that you have done to help so many people.
We will miss you, but you will not be forgotten.

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Post by bottlecap » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:56 am

Thank you, Ole Meph, for all of you sage advice and valued contributions. May God bless you and your family.

JT

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Post by rustymutt » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:27 am

Lost both my father, and grandad to leukemia. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
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Post by Peculiar_Investor » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:49 am

oragne lovre wrote:Does Bogleheads forum have a dedicated space, like "hall of fame," where respected forum members' invaluable advice and their profiles such as Old Meph's are archived?

Previously posted,
Tanelorn wrote:To everyone who doesn't know Old Meph by his reputation, keep reading his old posts and you'll learn a great deal about insurance (in the same way you might read Alan S on IRAs or sscritic on social security).
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Post by PlayingLife » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:58 am

BH's is truly a community and not just a simple forum. There is a lot of respect and excellent knowledge on here, and people like Lee have built BH's as it exists today. Thank you Lee for working to create something special. Your advice has truly impacted lives for the better....I'm sure there have been decisions made based on your advice, that will have a positive impact on future generations, long after all of us are gone. May God be with you.

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Post by TomatoTomahto » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:28 am

Peculiar_Investor wrote:
oragne lovre wrote:Does Bogleheads forum have a dedicated space, like "hall of fame," where respected forum members' invaluable advice and their profiles such as Old Meph's are archived?

Previously posted,
Tanelorn wrote:To everyone who doesn't know Old Meph by his reputation, keep reading his old posts and you'll learn a great deal about insurance (in the same way you might read Alan S on IRAs or sscritic on social security).

I'm reluctant to join in this moving and heartfelt thread, because I don't have the words to express how much I respect Ole Meph. I would love to have a virtual place to revisit his insightful posts.

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Post by Faith20879 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:57 pm

Dear Ole Meph,

I've learned so much from you over the years. Will miss you!

Faith

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Post by techrover » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:25 pm

No words may do justice for his selfless help lent to others...
We pray for you...and thank for your service.

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Post by FoolStreet » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:38 pm

mcgarrett wrote:I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your knowledge and patiently educating us. I appreciate your honesty and sage advice, and wish you and your family comfort and peace.

McGarrett


+1

Thanks Ole Meph

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Post by HurdyGurdy » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:18 pm

Sad news, indeed.

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Post by leonard » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:56 pm

One of the great contributors on this forum.

Sad news.
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Post by wesgreen » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:40 pm

Thanks, Meph!

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Post by walkindude » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:17 am

God bless you, Ole Meph!

Thanks for your valuable insights on insurance (and life) here. You will be missed!

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Post by sauron22333 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:24 am

Ole Meph. You will be missed. God bless.

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Post by diasurfer » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:11 pm

Mahalo and aloha Meph

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Post by Lauren Vignec » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:15 pm

Somehow, since this is an internet forum, I just think people are going to live forever. Like their screen names freeze them in time.

Meph is one of the few participants that I absolutely always paid attention to.

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Post by Miriam2 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:42 pm

nisiprius wrote:Ole Meph, I can only add my voice to everything that everybody else has said. I've valued your forum contributions and some work with you behind the scenes. It's always tiny things you remember, and perhaps the moment I remember best was the time you pointed out that I was misspelling your screen name--which is Mephistophles, not "Mephistopheles." I've been punctilious about that ever since. I'm glad to have been given a chance to say goodbye.

Ole Meph has always been very careful to be "Mephistophles" and to not be confused with that demon rascal "Mephistopheles." Ole Meph has a wonderful sense of humor about himself :happy

In an earlier Boglehead thread, when asked about his schooling, Ole Meph explained:
mephistophles wrote:After graduating from Tiny Tim's Day Care Center I became a Hippie and lived in a commune in New Mexico. After that I became a Boglehead. And now, you know the rest of the story.

ole meph

Arthurdawg then questioned Ole Meph about his forum namesake:
arthurdawg wrote:have you any response to your wikipedia entry sir?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mephistopheles

:lol: at the very least you need to add that you graduated from tiny tim's!!

mephistophles wrote:Why, yes, I certainly have a response. The individual you refer to has 3 e's in his name and I have only 2. That mephistopheles is no relation of mine, that I know of, but rather lives in the mystical realms and deals in the business of souls.

I am descended from a special line of critters that seeks to get at the bottom of things, so the truth will, out. This habit irritates most mortals and motivates them to hurl epithets comparing me to my near namesake.

Regards
ole meph

arthurdawg wrote:i beg your pardon, good sir! for i had mistaken you for another. :oops:

chaz wrote:Old mephistopheles is a character in the play "Cats". He is revered by the other cats for his wisdom.


We enjoy your posts, Ole Meph :happy

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Sad News About a Respected Forum Member

Post by shawcroft » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:19 pm

Old Meph:
I joined this Forum about 7 years ago, at a time when I was moving most of our financial stuff to Vanguard and had many questions, among them life insurance. I had purchased a number of life policies over the years- all with the best of intentions- but never really knew what I was buying. Old Meph answered my overall insurance questions and- to my surprise- sent me PM's which specifically addressed my situation.
He is a grand gentleman- and I will forever be in his debt for his graciousness. I would like to return the favor- and will try to do so by helping others in the same manner as he helped me. I believe that would be something which would please him.
My thanks to you, Old Meph. May God bless you and your family during this time
Shawcroft

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Re: Sad News About a Respected Forum Member

Post by FreeAtLast » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:33 pm

Barry Barnitz wrote:A tribute:

On the very eve of his death, [Mozart] had the score of the Requiem brought to his bed, and himself (it was two o'clock in the afternoon) sang the alto part; Schack, the family friend, sang the soprano line, as he had always previously done, Hofer, Mozart's brother-in-law, took the tenor, Gerl, later a bass singer at the Mannheim Theater, the bass. They were at the first bars of the Lacrimosa when Mozart began to weep bitterly, laid the score on one side, and eleven hours later, at one o'clock in the morning (of 5 December 1791, as is well known), departed this life. Death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Wikipedia


Requiem de Mozart - Lacrimosa - Karl Böhm - Sinfónica de Viena - YouTube

Lacrimosa

Lacrimosa dies illa
Qua resurget ex favilla
Judicandus homo reus.
Huic ergo parce, Deus:
Pie Jesu Domine,
Dona eis requiem.
Amen.

[Click blue autoplay button or hit cancel to stop autoplay].

Thanks for everything.


Oh my. That link was simply exquisite. An absolutely wonderful tribute, Barry.
Buon Viaggio, Old Meph. You will not be forgotten.
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Post by veena9111 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:05 am

Thank you for everything Lee. Prayers coming your way. God bless

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Post by Mel Lindauer » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:14 pm

I have no doubt that these nice messages from friends and fans of Old Meph are giving him great comfort.

It's what you leave behind that really matters. Lee has left so much good advice here on the forum and it will long endure.

Best regards, dear Lee.

Mel

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Post by alisa4804 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:34 pm

Appreciate you, Old Meph! Know that you will be well remembered here for your kindness and contributions. I wish you and your family peace in the days ahead.

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Post by Tyrobi » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:32 pm

Thanks for all your contributions Old Meph!
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Post by Gardener246 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:28 pm

Old Meph, I always looked forward to your posts, and would always pause to read your replies; thanks so much for all you have given us here on Bogleheads.

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Post by pennstater2005 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:08 pm

You have been in my prayers Lee. You were always gracious, kind, and thoughtful in your responses. That is a trait not too common on anonymous internet forums. May God be with you and your loved ones as you continue on with your journey.

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