Lost Hero

James Kim was found dead today in a ravine in the Oregon wilderness. Though I didn’t know him personally, I am deeply saddened by this news.

First, because he was a father and husband who made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to save his family. He failed, I know, but hindsight is 20/20. After almost a week without sign of rescue, how was he to know that help was just a day or so away?

Second, because I was something of a fan. Duane and I used to watch James on TechTV back in the day, before that lovely network was purchased and shut down. More recently we’ve been watching him on CNet’s Tech News which downloads automatically to our TiVo once a week. His reviews were always fair and thorough, and he was an engaging personality.

Mrs. Kim, my heart goes out to you and your daughters. I am so glad that you are safe, and so sad that you’ve lost your husband, father, and hero. My thoughts are with you.