Papa was, in most people's minds, a brilliant man. He connected things others failed to connect, noticed associations between circumstances and found solutions to problems when no one else could.
He was also laid back, hick-ish, and funny.
Toward the end of his life, he started a newsletter called "The Happy Noodler." It included investment advice, lectures, various topics of interest, family news, and, of course, fishing pictures. There were only 19 (he was planning to do twenty, and call the last "The Last Noodler" but ran out of time) so over the next few weeks I am going to post them here for anyone who wants to read them. I will post them just the way he sent them.