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Thread: 2 Fellow Laserist's die in airplane crash in Rochester Minnesota

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    Default 2 Fellow Laserist's die in airplane crash in Rochester Minnesota

    Dan Lauritsen, age 30
    Chris Livingston, age 30
    Heather Nichols, age 28
    If Heather was a laserist is unknown by me.

    Both Dan and Chris had at a time stated some things that now are in the popular
    Sams LASER FAQ.

    I met Dan when he was 18 through the local laser grapevine.
    I was amazed with the speed that he learned, he was a wizard!

    For a while he had an SP Millennia II dpss system, running over 2 watts,
    There were always many large frame ion heads running and in stages of repair at his place.
    He built dpss heads even. At one time he even had enough batteries
    strapped to his bicycle to power a small air cooled argon like an
    NEC or ALC . As time went on he gained experience working with a local
    company called Lasertainment and one of the companies in florida, its name
    escapes me but it was probably with Chris Livingston.


    We are asked to bring our lasers to the get together, I see large offerings.
    I will miss the lengthly intelligent conversations with him, R.I.P. Dan


    A nice news report that details both Dan and Chris (in text)
    can be found here:
    http://www.twincities.com/localnews/...nclick_check=1
    A local news station's video can be seen here about the crash:
    http://www.kare11.com/news/news_arti...4091&catid=396
    Last edited by LaserCo; 06-22-2010 at 22:17. Reason: small typo

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    OMG...... I knew both of these guys rather well. Chris particularly. I am very sorry to hear this. Dan was an absolutely brilliant person, I had been trying to find out how to contact him recently as I haven't spoken with him in years. Damn....
    Last edited by DZ; 06-22-2010 at 22:05.

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    David
    I dont know when you changed your sig but I find it quite poignant in relation to this thread
    Rob
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    Quote Originally Posted by stanwax View Post
    David
    I dont know when you changed your sig but I find it quite poignant in relation to this thread
    Rob
    Rob, I'm slightly offended. Do think that I changed my sig just to be disrespectful? I knew both of these men and considered them friends. This loss is tragic to me. For what it's worth, I changed my sig line over a week ago.....
    Last edited by DZ; 06-23-2010 at 06:12.

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    David
    You misunderstand me entirely - I have no cause to offend over this or indeed any such matter.
    I think its appropriate to the thread - as I said poignant. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/poignant)
    I see your sig is a question and the answer to this question has just been spelled out, this is the reason we should NOT put off things til next week - we dont know whats around the corner - simple as that
    I hope you understand my intentions now.
    Rob
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    Very sad news.

    @Rob and Dave, maybe its a cultural difference; I got it.

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    Very sad I knew Dan also,RIP Dan.Dan was a very nice guy.He really liked all the input we could feed him

    I cannot remember for the best of me but Dan's company was called ????? labs?
    Last edited by Retina Burn; 06-23-2010 at 07:20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stanwax View Post
    David
    You misunderstand me entirely - I have no cause to offend over this or indeed any such matter.
    I think its appropriate to the thread - as I said poignant. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/poignant)
    I see your sig is a question and the answer to this question has just been spelled out, this is the reason we should NOT put off things til next week - we dont know whats around the corner - simple as that
    I hope you understand my intentions now.
    Rob

    Rob, ok, I mis-took poignant to mean foul. If you could please forgive me for the misunderstanding and for thinking your intentions were bad. I just, still can't believe that they're gone.


    Very sad I knew Dan also,RIP Dan

    I cannot remember for the best of me but Dan's company was called ????? labs?


    Yes, it was called Lauritsen Laser Labs.

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    Man this a tuff one,,Dan was such a good guy,we spent many days and hours working on lasers

    Like Dan always used to say to me "Keep it Real"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DZ View Post
    Rob, ok, I mis-took poignant to mean foul. If you could please forgive me for the misunderstanding and for thinking your intentions were bad. I just, still can't believe that they're gone.
    No offence taken DZ

    Rob
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