What I think we can all agree upon is that Gord was #1 in terms of starting threads and providing support to those who were writing essays about materials that, over the 2005-2012 time frame in particular (before virtually every company joined in to make their back catalogs of film noir more readily available), made this little place the most ahead-of-the-curve location for dark film--both in America and around the world.
What Richard omits in his description of Gord's seemingly limitless gifts to the BB is the vast trove of TV noir that he shared with us--including sending packages of goodies to those who would write essays about that still-undocumented phenomenon.
And of course it would be fantastic if Gord (assuming and hoping that he is alive and well--I've been so busy that I've not had a chance to write him in nearly a year...) would return here to his old stomping grounds. A look into the back pages here (which goes back to early 2015, BTW) shows that Gord was last here exactly eleven months ago.
We all know the very strange circumstances that surround the life and times of this board, and the perpetual "limbo" in which it continues to exist. "Moribund" it may be, but ask yourself if a better place really exists today in terms of the coverage of noir. (And if you've found one, please share it with us!) While things may be a good bit less "lively" here than they once were, keep in mind that the folks who abandoned this place ten years ago for Back Alley Noir have been orphaned due its complete and utter demise.
We're happy for anyone who can remember their name and password to come join us here again. And that invitation begins with Mr. Gordon L. Gates! Happy belated birthday to you, sir!