I've known Robert for over twenty years and although we've been close on and off I hadn't really hung out with him in the last year or so except at Jack Womack's get togethers. Before I rented my own book storage lockers, I shared the rent on one with him for a few years but finally stopped out of frustration because he never paid the rent on time. So I'd often have to get the man at the desk to accompany upstairs to open the big lock the company put on his locker (they were nice didn't have to do that). One of the vagaries of freelancing.
He loved Spain, living there on and off during the years I knew him.
He always sounded as if he were coming on to you (if you were a woman) insinuating --but not in an obnoxious way and it was always fun to figure out the best Xmas gift for him --it was easy...Cheesy paperback, some 50s item with a sexy babe on it.
He collected records and I dread seeing what his storage locker (and apartment)holds. I even sold him a few of those I was getting rid of when I went to CDs.
Here's a photo of him from Readercon last year:
Daylight savings time alert!!!! This Sat/Sunday night so set your clocks ahead one hour and don't miss the service if you're coming.
UPDATE ON MEMORIAL SERVICE
A memorial service will be held for him Sunday, March 9th --10:30 am
at:the Beth Abraham Memorial Chapel
199 Bleecker Street between 6th Ave and Macdougal Street
Their phone # is 212-614-2300 if you need to ask them for directions.
In place of flowers, if you wish, please make a donation to