Monday, March 7, 2011 3:30 PM
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You know, Rob, you're one of the last ones I've yet to meet from the 'good old days' (I'm looking at You Too, Gonch!). Having said that, I always think with fond memories about one evening in early 2005 when I had just gotten to work, and my cell rang. I didn't recognize the number, but when I was Moosh. Who was at SFMM with you (My gosh, I wonder if that was the last visit he had to SFMM, lol). And you were just raving to me over the phone about how awesome X was, and bla bla bla (this was just before you went home and wrote that epic TR).

It was not too much longer (a couple weeks, perhaps?) when I was standing at the entrance to Universal Hollywood, being picked up by Moosh in the white MooshMobile, where we then headed down to Hollywood, ate at some upscale burger joint across from the Chinese Theater, and hung out a bit for the evening.

That week was definitely a life changer, and I'm glad to say he was a big part of it, from the first day, to the last when he had one of his (in)famous parties at his beach house.

I don't think I've been the same ever since ;-).

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Monday, March 7, 2011 3:50 PM
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I remember that call. Funny how that works. You're right, that we do need to meet up. It's a shame that we haven't. Drop me a note (Using my email address on page 3).


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Monday, March 7, 2011 4:31 PM
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I first met Moosh at the final SRM. When I planned my first trip out to California he gave a lot of advice for my trip. The second trip out there we went to Haunt at Knott's and Moosh arranged it so that his visit during Haunt was when we were out there. Had a great time hanging out with him and other California enthusiasts. The last time I spent time with him was at Solace the year after that.

Moosh was an awesome guy that would strike up a conversation with anyone and make someone feel welcome, no matter who it was. He will be deeply missed. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and to all his closest friends (I know there are many).

Certain victory.

Monday, March 7, 2011 4:37 PM

I was a lurker on this site, as well as others for a long time and reading his posts always seem to make me laugh. Never got a chance to met the man and my heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

Monday, March 7, 2011 5:49 PM

nasai said:

You're still in Seattle? We should meet up soon. Hope you're well, and yes.......... you missed out. Matthew was one of a kind.

Yeah, somehow, I'm still here. Life is going well, if a bit boring. I work and build robots and do very little else most of the time. I haven't been on a coaster that isn't at the Puyallup Fair in three years.

I hope things have been going well for you, this news excepted, and maybe I can crawl out of my work/robot cave soon and do social things.

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Monday, March 7, 2011 6:16 PM
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I remember the day where he cut in on Mick Foley dancing with Pat Koch. Also fondly remember all of the times I had been able to talk with him. Though it was usually at the rare appearances he had at No Coaster Con. He was a very genuinely nice person who loved life. I know he will be missed. I am grateful that I had the chance to enjoy some moments with him.

Monday, March 7, 2011 7:53 PM

I still can't believe this news.
While I don't do many coaster events anymore and haven't been a part of the online coaster universe in many years, Matthew was one of those people that had posts that would always make me laugh. Seeing his posts was one of the genuine things I missed about
Most importantly though he was a great friend in the real world. He always would make me laugh with his random actions. I haven't seen him in a few years but I know for a fact that had I met up with him this year he would have started up a conversation as if it happened a day or week before. Not years before.
One of the best memories I have of Matthew was in 2000. I was planning a big California trip with a few other people. I tried to get enthusiast Mark McKenzie to join the second half of the trip. But after hours of searching online with Mark for cheap flights, Mark threw in the towel and said he couldn't go. Little did I know something was brewing.

We walk up to the station just as the loaded train is pulling in. Matthew had a very tricky look on his face. I knew something was up but didn't know what it was. He pointed down
to the train that was pulling in. I look down and see Mark McKenzie. I about crapped! What the hell?
As it turns out, Mark had planned all along to do the last half of the trip with us. Matthew and Mark decided to do some planning of their own and keep me out of the loop and surprise me. It worked. To this day it's one of the biggest surprises I  have gotten in my life.

 Yep, I will miss Matthew indeed.

- Sean

Monday, March 7, 2011 7:54 PM
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Sean, the video you put together was awesome. I don't think he ever stopped being goofy.

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Monday, March 7, 2011 8:20 PM
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Matthew was quite a presence on this board for a very long time! I loved the way he would chime in on EVERYTHING and have and spread fun doing it.

Monday, March 7, 2011 8:52 PM

It's been forever guys, but I had to log in to just say I'm very sorry to hear about this. Glad to see all the happy memories people shared with him.

Monday, March 7, 2011 8:53 PM
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As a semi-lurker, I only knew him from his posts, but I will say that while some people are always funny and others are always good-natured, much rarer is the person who is both. That came through whether you just read his posts or went screaming down a first drop next to him. Obviously, I only did the former, but those of you who had the pleasure of doing the latter, I hope those are the memories that you carry with you.

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Monday, March 7, 2011 9:13 PM

I remember the first time that I saw Moosh , it was at Holiwood Nights. For years, I had seen his posts on here and I felt star struck by him. He was so friendly. I will miss seeing his posts and his smiling face at HWN. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Monday, March 7, 2011 9:32 PM

Only met him once but that's all it took to become friends. You'll be missed Moosh!

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Monday, March 7, 2011 10:06 PM

Wow. This is very sad news.

I never had the opportunity to meet Moosh, but he would occasionally chime in on a few of my posts over the years. I figured that I would meet him at some event sooner or later. I am sad now to think I missed those opportunities.

My sincerest condolences to his family, and all of his friends here and abroad.

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Monday, March 7, 2011 10:27 PM

Moosh had a lady friend, yes he did. You know that lady friend is a coaster enthusiast, but she is also a Lymphoma survivor and now also runs in marathons to celebrate that. Imagine that, an enthusiast who is also a marathon runner, this is getting too oxymoronic.

Anyway, that young lady, Nicole, is runningin a marathon in Anchorage to raise funds for Lymphoma, and is dedicating this run to Moosh. If you want to remember Moosh in some way, this might be the vehicle. Just a suggestion.

An Old Coaster fart that refuses to grow old, I just wish many of my friends could have as well!

Monday, March 7, 2011 10:58 PM

I have not posted anything in a long while but I still visit this site on daily basis. Today I just had to sign in and say how much I have enjoyed his posts over the years and will miss them. To bad we never got to meet. RIP Mamoosh! My condolences to his family and many friends!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 12:20 AM

Moosh talked me into attending Coaster Alley Convergence in 2003. If it wasn't for him, I probably would never have had the pleasure of meeting any of you in person. It was great entertainment to witness him nudge a run-of-the-mill thread into gut-busting sillyness. I was looking forward to seeing him again "someday" when I could make the time and set aside the money to meet up with a bunch of you at a big event.


Ben Ryker

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 2:56 AM
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PT300 said:
It's been forever guys, but I had to log in to just say I'm very sorry to hear about this. Glad to see all the happy memories people shared with him.

Holy crap, Lewis. Glad you're still around. I rarely post as well, but thought Matthew more than deserved some honor here. Stay in touch!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 6:40 AM
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Ed, I was going to post something similar about Nicole's marathon. You must of read my mind. :)

Sean, I could not have said that better, and the video you posted definitely made me cry and smile at the same time. Thank you for sharing that!

It's still hard to believe he's gone, but I also believe he's still with us whether it's in our hearts or in our minds. Holiwood Nights will not be the same without Moosh OR Will, but I know both of them would want nothing more than for us to have a blast while thinking about them, and taking them along for the rides in our hearts. :)


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 7:37 AM

Yeah Sean and Don't be total stranger, It was great seeing you at HWN . I don't do a lot of Events either but remember a few with you like Timbersfest 2002 :)


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