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bericht Thomas L. Jentz

Bericht door Bas Slaats » 10 dec, 2012 13:07

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It is with a heavy heart that I announce Thomas L. Jentz is losing his battle with an illness. The prognosis is terminal and the expectancy is in weeks. I will be writing to him to thank him for all the decades of research, insistence of proper terminology, and his dedication in uncovering the truth about the German armored forces of WWII. He and I spoke numerous times over the telephone and at shows and I always came away learning and in awe at his ability to retain information.

If you also wish to send your thanks and appreciation for his legacy, Panzer Tracts and the books that he wrote with Walter Spielberger and Hilary Louis Doyle, send an email to panzertracts AT aol DOT com and place your thanks in the subject line. Please consider that the illness is terminal so any messages should be towards letting him know that the Life he led benefited us.

The Panzer Tracts series will continue but that announcement will come later.

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Bericht door Bas Slaats » 2 jan, 2013 0:47

De goede man is intussen overleden...

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This was posted on the AMPS website from Bill Miley (CMD Models):


Hello All, Tom Jentz died last night from stage four colorectal cancer. As most of you know, Tom had been receiving treatment for over two years in an attempt to save his life.
Most patients would have died almost immediately after having the massive loss of blood Tom experienced while doing research with Hilary Doyle at Ft. Knox several Summers ago. Since then, Tom was treated by specialists at Georgetown hospital. Tom called me about five or six weeks ago and told me that he was given about thirty days to live.

Dennis Holicky and I visited with him and he was his usual feisty self. He was working on a Panzer Tracts BergePanther book. Tom and Hilary picked a successor to continue with about 15 to 19 more Panzer Tracts. The author of "Repairing the Panzers" will continue to write the text and Hilary will do the drawings. As usual, Tom did not share any information about upcoming titles.
Bill Auerbach will be the contact for the family to provide any information regarding arrangements. Saul Garcia may also post on the Axis websites.

Please remember Tom in your own way. Let us all hope for a better year in 2013.

Sincerely,
Bill Mile


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We all just heard of Tom Jentz's passing after several years battling against cancer.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends and those of us who do so, have also sent their prayers after him.

Initially, I knew Tom, as most members of the modeling community would have, through his published work. I was also very fortunate in making his personal acquaintance way back at the very first AMPS Nats. I spent the entire first day of the show perusing the model displays with Tom, "all ears" to his comments.

Although he was never a modeler, Tom did what he did to make our hobby better for the serious ones amongst us. Along with his close associate Hilary Doyle, he published the ground-breaking, "Germanys Panther Tank..." through Schiffer back in 1995. Not too long afterwards, the Panzer Tracts series began, first published by Darlington and later by Panzer Tracts. This is where anybody with more than a passing interest in German WW2 AFVs makes their first stop when hunting for historic data. We were rarely disappointed with what was on offer. Regardless, one can even go further back in time to Walter Spielbergers work and find Tom and Hilary lurking around somewhere. And, lets not forget the classic "Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two", which despite being superceded by Panzer Tracts, is still a viable first stop for the student of German AFVs.

Then there were the AMPS seminars. Those that had never attended one were really missing out on something special. Tom had a very wry sense of humor and he unleashed it during his always informative presentations. That special look, with the ever-expressive bushy eyebrows always greeted an unusual question, with attendant laughter. The reply, "I was not present at that meeting" would be the standard answer to many an esoteric question. True to his calling, Tom NEVER speculated. When data seemed to connect the dots, he would still never draw a conclusion unless it was backed up by original documentation or personal research and observation.

That's his real legacy.

To further illustrate the point, I recall another conversation we had. Tom knew I was writing books on German AFVs and I told him that I was openly plagiarizing his work (giving credit for my sources, of course), in order to provide the facts as I understood them, to the readers of my books. He raised those bushy eyebrows, cracked a smile, grabbed his suspenders (he also wore a belt, and boy did I rag him about that!) and said that that's exactly what he has been doing for years (translating and publishing only original source documents)! He cracked me up! But more importantly, his answer gave me his tacit approval for my approach.

Personally, I always had great fun at his seminars. Any one who has been to his East coast presentations would have noticed some short, chubby wise guy, always seated up front, usually with a cold beer in his hand. 'Twas I, operating in my pseudo-official role as "chief heckler". By simply saying the word Hetzer, I could bring forth his wrath, feigned as it might have been. The first few seminars always ran past the assigned time limit; later they would be scheduled to be longer, often being the last ones of the day. They were extremely popular, to say the least. The exception was at a show held somewhere in New Jersey, some time in the very late 1990s. There were three guys present for his seminar; Tom, another modeler, and I. This private lesson from El Maestro remains one of my fondest model show memories.

In recent years, I was delighted to meet his lovely wife, Franzi. Several years ago, Tom shared the news of his illness with me. He approached it with his usual skewed sense of humor, and without remorse. As I communicated with him either via e-mail or on the telephone, he never once bemoaned his fate. In my last conversation with him, some weeks ago, he was still in top form. We mostly talked shop, with a particular emphases on Panzer colors. As I had been asking ever since I met him, I again asked, "Where's the beef?", meaning, of course, when will he and Hilary release a book devoted specifically to Panzer colors. He was his usually coy self when it came to his response.

When I said good-bye to him towards the end of that final conversation, I knew it would indeed be the LAST time. I expressed to him my discomfort at such a feeling. He understood and made me feel better with his words. So, here he is, facing eternity, but helping ME to handle it!

That's another measure of the man.

When I selfishly asked him the final great question, regarding what will become of the Panzer Tracts series, he assured me that there were at least a dozen more titles to be done. A new person had been chosen to take Tom's place; his name will be made public by someone directly associated with Panzer Tracts sometime soon. From my point of view, a wise choice was made; I believe we modelers will still be very well-served with what comes from the folks at Panzer Tracts.

But, unless the new guy has bushy eyebrows, a laconic lecture delivery style, and a penchant for belts AND suspenders, something will be sorely missed.

We'll meet again soon, Tom.

Frank

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Re: bericht Thomas L. Jentz

Bericht door peter van dijk » 3 jan, 2013 2:01

bedankt voor 't plaatsen Bas.

groet,
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