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JSpira 11-09-2012 05:47 PM

Sad news: our member b-y has passed away
 
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I only learnt recently that my friend and ED forum member Prof. Yale Braunstein had passed away a few months ago.

Yale was a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information, and an ardent BMW fan. I met him thru the forum, and then met him in person when he was doing an ED while I was staying in Vienna. I was able to show him and his wife around the Wachau region and we had a wonderful day. And yes, they bought some Marillenmarmalade.

Since that time, I visited him and his wife many times during my visits to the Bay Area and he even invited me to deliver a guest lecture on Information Overload at UC Berkeley last summer. That was the last time I saw him in person. We had lunch at the faculty club that sunny day.

Yale was also an infrequent contributor to Frequent Business Traveler magazine. His last piece, What's Doing in Eisenstadt, Austria, was published five days before his death.

My heartfelt sympathy to his wife Betsy, his son, Alex, and his sister, Hetty Jane.

Link to official UC Berkeley obituary

American Lancia Club obituary

Two of my photos from our tour of the Wachau

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Prof. Dr. und Frau Prof. Dr. Braunstein along the Donau in Dürnstein in Niederösterreich

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Prof. Dr. und Frau Prof. Dr. Braunstein at Stift Melk in Niederösterreich


http://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/file...ymb_lancia.jpg
b-y driving his 1958 Lancia Aurelia convertible in 1980

Asteroid 11-09-2012 06:24 PM

I noticed that he hadn't posted in some time. He was always helpful.
RIP b-y.

EdCT 11-09-2012 06:53 PM

Jeeze, that's three that I know of - Jever, Opperknockity and now B-Y ...

JSpira 11-09-2012 07:36 PM

b-y´s Bimmerfest profile is here

Threads started by b-y are here.

NateXTR 11-09-2012 07:39 PM

I am profoundly saddened by this news. He was a great 'fester and a very nice guy. I first met B-Y when I offered a spare "Gumby" clock up for grabs here years ago. Well, he was the first to respond so he got the clock. In the process of sorting out the details, we had a nice conversation about BMWs, northern California (used to live there) and Berkeley (sister works there). R.I.P. Indeed.

FrankAZ 11-09-2012 07:44 PM

This is terrible news. Thank you for letting us know.

Like many here I never had the privilege of meeting b-y in person but could tell through the narrow keyhole of bimmerfest that he was a quality gent. I always found his posts informative and steady. Never inflammatory. Always accurate and careful as befitted his profession.

Bimmerfest will be a smaller place without him. RIP.

Frank.

PropellerHead 11-09-2012 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by EdCT (Post 7186540)
Jeeze, that's three that I know of - Jever, Opperknockity and now B-Y ...

Don't forget djfitter. :bawling:

SD Z4MR 11-09-2012 10:41 PM

Very sorry to hear this news. Yale and his wife traveled extensively in Europe and he made major contributions to this forum and to the Wiki, apparently for many years before I discovered Bimmerfest. He will be missed.

In November last year Jon Shafer announced a tour of the Port Hueneme VDC and lots of people signed up for it, including Yale. The only problem was that Yale had recently taken a tumble down a flight of stairs and wouldn't be able to drive from Berkeley. He still very much wanted to go and said that he would fly into LAX on Friday with his wife if someone could pick them up. Since my wife and I were driving up to Oxnard from San Diego on Friday evening, and driving practically right by LAX, we offered to pick them up. His wife became unavailable some time before the trip so he made the trip alone. We were quite surprised to see what condition was when in we got to LAX. Even though this happened several weeks earlier, he looked like he had just been mugged and required the use of a cane. I'm probably at least 10-15 years younger than him and I wouldn't have made the trip in that condition. We all stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in Oxnard that night, met for breakfast in the morning, and he rode with us to the VDC.

He had a great time at the tour, bid on and won a BMW bicycle that was donated by the VDC, all so he could drive the new Active-E which was part of the prize, quite a few months before it was released. All he could talk about was how much torque it had! He planned to give the bicycle to one of his grandchildren.

Because we had other plans for the rest of the weekend and we weren't going by LAX on the return trip, Yale had to find another ride back to LAX on Saturday afternoon. We had discussed this ahead of time and because of the large number of attendees from the LA area we didn't think this would be a problem. Sure enough, Jon made a announcement before the raffle and a ride was easily procured that got Yale back to LAX before an evening flight back to OAK.

We bid him goodbye when the event had concluded. He thoroughly enjoyed himself that day!

JustinTJ 11-09-2012 11:28 PM

I remember the VPC tour thread and being jealous that it was on the opposite coast. I also remember that he won a get out of a speeding ticket courtesy card with it.

He was a good man, and will be missed. RIP Yale.

pharding 11-10-2012 03:28 AM

RIP Yale. I always enjoyed your posts here.

MMME30W 11-10-2012 05:04 AM

Rip. :(

chrischeung 11-10-2012 06:26 AM

You'll be missed old friend.

mdsbuc 11-10-2012 07:28 AM

Sad news indeed. RIP old friend.

sno_duc 11-10-2012 07:32 AM

RIP, our thoughts and prayers are with your friends and family.

Your insights will be missed.

cruise_bone 11-10-2012 08:33 AM

Very sad news. RIP B-Y.

bing330i 11-10-2012 01:00 PM

RIP, B-Y. Your insight and kindness will be sorely missed.

odiesback 11-10-2012 03:31 PM

R.I.P. b-y. Because of your recomendations and attention I got to visit Meran/Merano.
That stop was done because of your posts and Wiki article on Merano.

JSpira 11-10-2012 07:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by odiesback (Post 7187663)
That stop was done because of your posts and Wiki article on Merano.

Which reminds me, the current and vastly improved organization of the wiki - not to mention a lot of its content - are all thanks to b-y, who spent countless hours on it. We had countless e-mails going back and forth as he pondered a point or sentence or how to order and describe the sections.

Perhaps we should rename the wiki after him?... after pondering this for 30 seconds, I have dedicated the wiki in his memory.

dandanio 11-10-2012 08:08 PM

Sorry to see you go, b-y. I hope they still have a BMW or two (in Estoril Blue?) wherever you are.

JustinTJ 11-10-2012 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JSpira (Post 7187988)
Which reminds me, the current and vastly improved organization of the wiki - not to mention a lot of its content - are all thanks to b-y, who spent countless hours on it. We had countless e-mails going back and forth as he pondered a point or sentence or how to order and describe the sections.

Perhaps we should rename the wiki after him?... after pondering this for 30 seconds, I have dedicated the wiki in his memory.

Great idea Spira. I really like it, and think it would make him smile.

shakes 11-11-2012 06:24 AM

Such sad news. B-Y's contributions to Bimmerfest encouraged many of us to enjoy some of the best experiences of our lives. He will be missed but not forgotten.

SD Z4MR 11-11-2012 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JSpira (Post 7187988)
Perhaps we should rename the wiki after him?... after pondering this for 30 seconds, I have dedicated the wiki in his memory.

:thumbup: Like

MB330 11-11-2012 08:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SD Z4MR (Post 7186771)
Very sorry to hear this news. Yale and his wife traveled extensively in Europe and he made major contributions to this forum and to the Wiki, apparently for many years before I discovered Bimmerfest. He will be missed.

In November last year Jon Shafer announced a tour of the Port Hueneme VDC and lots of people signed up for it, including Yale. The only problem was that Yale had recently taken a tumble down a flight of stairs and wouldn't be able to drive from Berkeley. He still very much wanted to go and said that he would fly into LAX on Friday with his wife if someone could pick them up. Since my wife and I were driving up to Oxnard from San Diego on Friday evening, and driving practically right by LAX, we offered to pick them up. His wife became unavailable some time before the trip so he made the trip alone. We were quite surprised to see what condition was when in we got to LAX. Even though this happened several weeks earlier, he looked like he had just been mugged and required the use of a cane. I'm probably at least 10-15 years younger than him and I wouldn't have made the trip in that condition. We all stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in Oxnard that night, met for breakfast in the morning, and he rode with us to the VDC.

He had a great time at the tour, bid on and won a BMW bicycle that was donated by the VDC, all so he could drive the new Active-E which was part of the prize, quite a few months before it was released. All he could talk about was how much torque it had! He planned to give the bicycle to one of his grandchildren.

Because we had other plans for the rest of the weekend and we weren't going by LAX on the return trip, Yale had to find another ride back to LAX on Saturday afternoon. We had discussed this ahead of time and because of the large number of attendees from the LA area we didn't think this would be a problem. Sure enough, Jon made a announcement before the raffle and a ride was easily procured that got Yale back to LAX before an evening flight back to OAK.

We bid him goodbye when the event had concluded. He thoroughly enjoyed himself that day!

He is the one who get a bicycle and one "free" ticket from Chief of Police.
RIP B-Y!

JSpira 11-11-2012 09:01 PM

I've been thinking about b-y this weekend - a lot.

Does anyone (besides me) know how he ended up with the screenname "b-y".

Hint: the answer is not that this is the inverse of his initials, even though that is also the case.

AndrewZ 11-11-2012 09:34 PM

Rest well :(


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