I just heard that Hal Carstens, long-time publisher of Railroad Model Craftsman (RMC), died at his home in the US on Tuesday, aged 84. News can be found here and here.
Hal Carstens was an icon in the model railroad hobby and came to be known by many through his work and monthly columns in RMC. For me, those monthly columns, signed off with Hal, were like personal links to a man I had never met and who lived on the other side of the world. Every time I read one of those columns, it was like being in conversation with the man. His ability to bring experience, insight and thoughts in such a personable way through his writings was a skill I admired and appreciated.
Hal Carstens will be greatly missed.