Aaron Smith Passes Away

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Postby Green Dragon » Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:00 pm

Sayonara Aaron Smith and Godspeed.

I remember when you wrote me about your Mother's passing and how devastated you were. Now you are together again in the Hereafter.

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Postby Diabolik » Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:28 pm

Rest in peace.
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Postby DannyBeane » Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:53 pm

Sigh... too young. I remember when my family first got internet. One of the first websites I went to was the cinescape monster zero site.
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Postby Ultra T-Rex » Sat Jun 03, 2006 2:45 pm

That's sad to hear. Didn't know him personally but I knew of him.

Rest in peace Aaron.
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Postby GOJI_GKing2000 » Sat Jun 03, 2006 3:23 pm

Rest in peace old friend. Rest in peace.

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Postby Sauron » Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:24 pm

I'm deeply saddened by this news, and my thoughts go out to all of Aaron's family and friends in this time of sorrow.

While I never talked to Aaron but a handful of times over the years, it is safe to say that without him there would be no Kaijuphile. His original Godzilla News website was a huge inspiration to myself and Kaijuphile co-founder C. L. Werner.

I hope that his spirit can live on in not only Monster Zero, but every other site he inspired over the past nine years.
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Postby Rc2000 » Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:45 pm

Over the years of my on-line Godzilla fandom experience, Aaron was a source of inspiration and a friend. We had worked on several Godzilla related projects, namely the Monster Zero Archives which is now the Monster Zero Gallery.

Aaron spent many years and much energy promoting Godzilla on the net and bringing current news of Godzilla and related movies, toys, and projects to the many internet fans of Godzilla thru the MONSTER ZERO NEWS site.

Thank you Aaron for your years of dedication. You will be deeply missed.

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Postby Cleve » Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:07 pm

This is just terrible, terrible news, and a complete shock.

I first learned of Aaron through his posts at Alt.Movies.Monster back in late 1997. At that time, as I recall, his site was news and photos -no forum - web forums such as this had yet to supplant news groups as the primary source of online discussion/debate. But, as I said, Aaron frequented AMM and I always looked forward to reading his learned and intelligent posts about the genre. I never met Aaron, but I did exchange e-mails with him a couple times, and of course some discussions on Alt Movies Monster as well. I was one of the people who stayed up late to watch the webcast of Godzilla 2000 as it was being filmed - I took a couple screencaptures of the webcast, and shared them with Aaron.

I know I'm rambling here - I am truly stunned. He always struck me as a decent guy - He was waaaay too young to pass on - I'm dreadfully sorry that he got cheated out of so many years of his life.
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Postby william newell » Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:15 am

For the last few days I've been trying to think of what to say, and the best I can come up with is that even though I didn't know Aaron, I still feel as though a relative of my own has passed. I guess that's because I look at Monster Zero as kind of an extended family...wish I could express myself better...Rest In Peace Aaron.
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Postby cybot sawaguchi » Sun Jun 04, 2006 2:01 pm

I first got to know Aaron online when I sold him a Marui Mothra back around 2000 or so. I'd known of him before that, but found the guy 'in person' online to be really quite friendly, good-natured and forthcoming -- traits that he would maintain in the following years whenever we traded emails. I don't think I ever knew of anyone who didn't like Aaron, and in a quarrelsome fan genre like this, that speaks volumes.

So... While this comes as a shock to everyone, we should remember -- a man's life is so much more than how it ends, even if it comes too soon. His definitely was.

Aaron wasn't just this cool guy who was fair and amiable and shared our love of Godzilla and toys. He worked for us, and he worked hard! His contributions to the Kaiju online community have been tremendous. His impact will echo long into the future, to the ends of cyberspace and our own various memories of him.

In this sense, Aaron will continue to be with us, I think, for quite a while.

Ganbatte ne, Aaron san! May your journey be frought with many vintage vinyls and the cheers of endless double-feature Godzilla matinees.

...And save us a seat, will ya?
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Postby Gfan54 » Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:00 pm

I didn't really know Aaron, but he always struck me as being a very kind and thoughtful person and the news of his death was very surprising to me as I'm sure it was to everyone here. Back when I was a kid (I'm 28 now), I had several friends who liked Godzilla at the time, but over the years they all had "change of hearts" while I remained true to the fandom...I never realized there were so many other Godzilla fans out there who shared my love for the Big G, and I just want to thank Aaron for helping to give all of us Fans (both younger and older) a place to come together to discuss the kaiju genre that we all hold so dear without being made to feel "uncool" for doing so. Thank you, Aaron... :th-up:
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Postby Dr. Tongue » Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:23 pm

I was never on particuraly good terms with the man, but 36 is way too young for anyone to go like that. RIP.
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Postby obert22 » Sun Jun 04, 2006 8:58 pm

I've posted an article with comments from those that wanted to pass them along. If anyone else would like to send in something please PM or e-mail me.

Also, We've included the address to send contributions to Aaron's family to help with funeral expenses. They would appreciate any help anyone could offer. If you can't afford to send help, a card would be great. Thanks in advance.
http://www.monsterzero.us/editorials/ed ... tentID=830

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Postby burninggoji » Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:38 pm

I am shocked and deeply saddened when i heard about Aaron's passing. My condolences to his family.

I remember in 1999 when Godzilla 2000 was first being made, i first came across Monster Zero...and i went back to this website eversince.... whenever i need that tidbit of info about new Godzilla movies and toys, Aaron always came up with them, when Monster Zero was in danger of going away for good, Aaron saved this website....
I personally didn't know Aaron but when i ever had a question about something, he always kindly responded....i regret that i didn't had the chance to meet him.....

Aaron, thank you for all your hard work and dedication to Godzilla.
Rest In Peace

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Postby EternalMothra » Sun Jun 04, 2006 10:35 pm

This is a tragic loss for the kaiju fandom. Aaron was a wonderful inspiration and a great person. He shall be missed. I too have talked to him on more than one occaision, and I shall miss him very much. Rest in peace.
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Postby G-Fan » Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:28 pm

Every death is a big lost. I have never had a chance to meet or talk to Aaron but after reading all your messages i'm certainly sure that he was one of the greatest 'contructors' of the fandom.

He did His job. Now it's our task to continue the wonderful legacy he left for us. I'm sure Aaron won't be forgotten, even here, in Poland, far, far away.

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Postby Sanchan » Mon Jun 05, 2006 6:23 pm

Deeply shocked to hear of the loss and wish the family and friends all the best at their time of berievement, remembrance and rebirth.
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Postby KaijuHQ » Mon Jun 05, 2006 7:23 pm

I too am shocked to hear the news of Aaron's passing, I've been visiting this site for years, even before the cinescape days, and always found it to be an incredible source of information. It also helped inspire me to create my website. God bless Aaron's family and friends in this time of saddness.

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Postby JimPV » Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:02 am

I'm really saddened to hear of Aaron's death. I've kinda' been out of touch the last couple of weeks (moving to a new place) and to come back to monsterzero and hear this is a total shock. I knew he was battling some health problems, but I don't think anybody expected him to pass on (at least I didn't). My prayers and deep condolences go out to his family and friends.

I echo many others here when I say this is my go-to place (internet or otherwise) for all things kaiju and has been for quite some time. It won't be the same without our founder, but I'm glad to hear we will soldier on. Monsterzero is part of his legacy, and it's continuation is a wonderful way to honor his memory.

Rest In Peace, Aaron. We'll see you on the other side.
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RIP Aaron. thank you.

Postby pdg3 » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:55 am

Rip Aaron. Thank you for creating a safe and friendly place for all kinds of kaiju fans. I am deeply saddened by his passing. I have been here since the beginning almost 9 years ago. Monster Zero is a daily stop for me. The e-mails I did receive from Aaron, I still keep. Most of them are just me thanking him for creating this wonderful place for all Godzilla Fans. You will be greatly missed Aaron thank you for making all of us G-Fans life's a little brighter.
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Postby Reaper G » Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:38 pm

I'm very late in posting this.

I've never met Aaron in person, I don't even recall corresponding with him online, but he's been a great leader of the fandom and a class act during some of our uglier times. He will be missed.

Sayonara, Aaron, no arigato.

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Postby Zombiezilla » Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:25 pm

Gutted, absolutely gutted. I don't post all that often, but I read the site quite a bit. It's my main source for Godzilla info, and is a bit responsible for my not renewing my subscription to G-Fan due to all the info there being covered here months in advance. Anytime I run into a fellow G-fan, I point them in the direction of this site. Aaron did wonders to help bring us all together. This news has hit me harder than any other passing in recent memory.

Lord, I just turned 36 myself, and this is way too young to leave.

RIP Aaron.
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Postby The Top Crusader » Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:16 pm

Indeed, RIP Aaron. :(
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Postby GodzillaKOTM » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:41 pm

I probably spoke with him via email once or twice. I didn't personally know him but I repected what he did. I have been following this site since the 90's when it started.
I just want to give my condolences to the family.
Maybe the mods can print this thread and give it to the family with all the condolences on it. As a memory and lasting effect he had on the many people who frequent this website.
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Postby Destroyer D » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:53 pm

Good-Bye Aaron. Thanks for all you have done.
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