I am writing to cancel Ed’s subscription.Â He passed away in his sleep last May.Â He so loved Rodmaker magazine.Â We have every copy he ever got.Â If you have any need for back copies they are in perfect condition.Â I just can’t see getting rid of such beautiful magazines.
Ed Karacozian used to call me every so often. Although older and with problems of his own, he had taken on a personal project involving the rehabilitation of suddenly handicapped individuals. His therapy? Having them build custom fishing rods. According to Ed, it did wonders for their manual dexterity and more than a few, coming from lifelong fishing pursuits, came to really enjoy the process.
Over the years I sent Ed dozens of copies of RodMaker for use in his program. According to him, the rod builders really ate them up and always looked forward to getting a new batch.
Ed once told me that if he ever failed to renew his subscription to RodMaker it would mean that heâ€™d died. Weâ€™d laugh about it, but now itâ€™s come to pass. I get similar notes from many folks each year and it’s never a pleasant thing to hear of a builder’s passing, but it happens to everyone eventually.
Ed did a world of good for a lot of people out his way in California. Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™ll miss him just as much as I will.