Hi, Mel - I saw Fred last Thu. He is one of 2 founding members of our 37 year old bonsai club. We had a meeting to decide the club's fate at my home, and even after I wrote an open letter to the membership saying that we were going to disband if we didn't get support beyond the 6-8 regular core members and a show of enthusiasm, no one else aside from the regulars showed up. We had about $2,000 in the treasury that we donated to the MI Nurserymen's Assn to award as a scholarship to a student that was majoring in some form of plant husbandry. Fred and Rosie cried, and it was a sad night, but we'll still keep getting together socially as long as we can get him (and Rosie) out. They are such perfectly lovely people and I'm so blessed to have them as my friends. I loved the club and the gentle people in it. I was a very active member, and I'll miss it mightily.