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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

In Memory of The Red Baron: Human Highway Founder Completes Final Upload To Cloud

Dr. Rainer B., AKA “The Baron,” “Baron Rouge” and “Dr. Nusskopf”
Co-Founder of Neil Young Fan Community

It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of a dear friend and Neil Young Fan Rainer B., AKA “The Baron,” “Baron Rouge” and “Dr. Nusskopf”, the co-Founder of Neil Young Fan Community

The passing of our long time friend Rainer is quite sad for us. Having known him online virtually for 20 years, we finally met last summer in Berlin when Neil Young & Crazy Horse toured Europe.

To finally meet in person at the Berlin Human Highway/Rust/ Tribute was tremendous — yet all too brief, regrettably. Thrasher’s Wheat website owes a great deal to Rainer for thoughts and technical guidance over the years. Rainer was both an ordinary and not so ordinary person. Too late, too soon, he sleeps with angels.

Dr. Rainer B. & Thrasher's Wheat Radio Crew
June 1, 2013 - Berlin, Germany

Dearest Zumans,

It is with deep, deep grief and profound sorrow beyond measure that I tell you this.
Our beloved list administrator and friend, Rainer, passed away last night after a short but courageous battle .

He did not want to go and he fought his illness with all the strength he had. He said to me: "I have to go
on and it will be a long and hard road. I've always been more like a long-distant walker."

He chose to keep what he was going through private - it was his German way.

He was fine during his trip to America last August but he started to feel unwell at the end of October last year. It was a shock as he had never been sick a day in his life, he said.

He loved his lists and his websites and all of you and believed strongly in his advertisement-free social media platforms he created to discuss all things Neil and whatever else turned up along the Human Highway.

"This is brilliant and beautiful" he always said and he paid for all this himself - including his beloved server "Cortez" that operates from Munich. All so we could continue to have a free, private exchange.

He cherished his once-in-a-lifetime trip to America and meeting some of his Zumans after 17 years.

He supported everything creative and urged people to "Just do it, just do something!" especially young musicians.

He was a brilliant, real Doctor of Physics and was highly respected at his employer the European Patent Office.

He had a zany sense of humor - Dr,Nusskopf - and a sense of wonder about all things in the universe.

I have so much to say and write but I am such a mess right now.

I loved him so much.

In the days to come we can share memories of him and we will put together a page on his websites. I do not know what will happen in the future, but somehow we will stay together.

Cortez Server
Neil Young Fan Community

Our dearest Red Baron, this code's for you - just another line in the field of time. See you next time up in the Big Cloud.

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At 4/09/2014 10:54:00 AM, Blogger Sharon Roznik said...

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At 4/09/2014 10:56:00 AM, Blogger Sharon Roznik said...

Thank you Thrasher for posting a nice tribute to Rainer. He told me a story of how years ago some other "Rainer" had passed away and you posted an obituary thinking it was Rainer, The Baron. He kept a copy of that post and laughed about it. Never knowing it would really happen so soon. He gave a lot to the Neil Young community and to those who traveled along the Human Highway. I am glad you got to meet him last year in Berlin.

At 4/09/2014 01:07:00 PM, Anonymous Albert Stromann said...

Thank you Thrasher also from the german Zumans!!


At 4/09/2014 02:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger & out good buddy.
Rust in Peace.

At 4/10/2014 12:30:00 AM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

Long may you keep running, Rainer. God bless.

A Friend Of Yours

At 4/10/2014 11:34:00 AM, Blogger Sharry said...

In memory of my first online Neil friend... RIP, Rainer. You will be truly missed. Gone too soon and too fast. Your spirit lives on.

At 4/10/2014 05:40:00 PM, Blogger Christine Jayle said...

As long i will be alive, Rainer, you will be in my mind. You were one of my first Neil's friend i discover on the net and one of the famous first members of the french Neil Young list : Les Gens Ordinaires "Ordinary People"... you were so friendly and such a wonderful human : your spirit is shining over us ...
Thanks for all you do

(the Yotha Dreaming Woman)

At 4/11/2014 04:16:00 PM, Anonymous Salva said...

Ami inconnu, où que tu sois, des gens t'aiment. Bon chemin.


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