If you’ve been anywhere near the internet today, then you by now have heard the devastating news. Last night, our Community lost one if it’s Champions, Mr. Gary Head aka Gyre-Viper. “Goggles”, as he was lovingly known to friends, treated our hobby with a passion that I’m sad to say many of us have lost over the years. He leaves behind a loving Wife and 3 beautiful children.
If Goggles has taught me anything, it’s to make sure to hug those around you tight, as nothing in this life is guaranteed. Reach out to those you haven’t spoken to and put silly differences aside. If you’re passionate about something, let the World know.
Goggles was, at one time, a very active member of the Hisstank Community. Much of the up & coming things we saw during the Rise of Cobra and Pursuit of Cobra days were mostly in part to his almost ninja like ability to find things that Joe fans didn’t even know they should be looking for.
Through his work with Sam/Nomad, Joe Collectors were introduced to the inner workings of G.I.Joe through JoeDeclassified and I know that I speak for most when I say that we’re eternally grateful for the hard work they put in together to inspire oohs and aahs in us all. That effort branched off in to the G.I.Joe Discussion Group on Facebook, where everyday fans and Industry insiders get the chance to just “nerd out” on a topic that we all hold dear to our hearts – G.I.Joe.
There are many tribute threads popping up throughout our community, with some especially beautiful words and thoughts being expressed on JoeDeclassified and GeneralsJoes. There is also a thread on OG13 and of course Facebook, so no matter where you find yourself on the internet today, take some time and share a story or two.
Once those close to Gary have had some time to work through this moment of sorrow, they will let us know of any way that we as a Community can help.
Rest in Peace, Goggles. When we meet again, we’ll finally have to settle on what Iron Grenadier is the best.