He was an amazing person. Too bad I had to be a teenager and young man and thought everything he did or said was stupid for so long. It wasn't until I was seriously in my late 20s that I really saw him for what he was. We lost him whenever I just turned 39...10-12 years just wasn't long enough to soak up that much knowledge. Even though touchy- feely was not in our vocabulary, I was able to truthfully tell him that I thought he was the smartest person I had ever met in my life.
He was always a tad bitter about not being able to really cash in on all the things he did at work and, moreso, pissed that people passed him by just because they had a degree but he could outhink them any day. I think if life hadn't thrown him the curves when it did, he would have had the guts to strike out on his own and could have really cashed in on some of those patents. I really believe that bitterness kept him from really enjoying the accomplishments he made and surely kept him from talking about them because he would just end up being angry.