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  • I spent a bit of time earlier this evening on the phone with Bill Odom, TPF president. It can't be denied that he's been quiet the past few months, but there's a reason for this. Elaine, his wife, has spent most of that time in the hospital, including quite recent emergency surgeries and readmittances. Bill has spent most of that time with her there. (This is why Bill hasn't commented on this topic himself. He has been out of action of a sort he hopes none of us will ever know.)

    Naturally, he has tried to keep this a private matter over the past few months. Though perhaps I should have spared him the anguish, I did mentioned to him that some people have been asking what's going on. So, he decided that some kind of communication was necessary. As a result, he asked me to post this here. More thought will be put into other forms of communication of the situation, but please bear with us. It is a difficult thing to address with sensitivity and respect to everyone involved.

    Alias and I have been in private communication over the past week on this topic, so mainly my reply here is for others who have been reading the thread and have had an interest. Again, I wish I had a better way to communicate the information. Before (and if) a larger-scale message is crafted and distributed, I want to confer with Bill to make sure that he's comfortable with whatever that may be.