Mal Hampel (dad of my friend & ex Chris) passed away on Monday (obituary). When I think about Mal, no single story or interaction comes to mind per se--just the memory of his "presence". His magnetism preceded him into a room and his throaty Johnny Cash-like voice imprinted authority onto anything he said. At times, he could come across gruff but usually he was charming and slyly eccentric. My heart hurts that such a charismatic figure has left so early. Vicki, Chris, Matt, Barbara--my thoughts are with you.