Martin Skidmore [RIP 2011]

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rip, always seemed like such a good-hearted and intelligent guy.

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just heard this. So sad...

publier les (suggest) bans de (Michael White), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Did not know him IRL but was fond of him as a poster--very sorry news and my condolences to the friends and family who will miss him so :(

quincie, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was just wondering how he was doing, and if he was getting any better. Fuck. RIP.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

RIP, and sorry to all the ilxors that knew him better than I did.

CH3C(O)N(CH3)2 (darraghmac), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

sorry to all his friends, and selfishly, that I never met him. adieu.

you call it trollin' i call it steamrollin' (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

RIP Martin. echoing everyone's thoughts here - sorry I never got to know him but he was indeed one of ILX's best posters, and someone I remember who was incredibly nice to me when I first joined. Condolences to his family and all of those here who knew him.

Roz, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Rest in peace Martin :(

a million anons (onimo), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

really sorry and sad to hear about this. his posts were a highlight of my early ILX experience.

T-T lonely lullaby T-T (reddening), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Damn. One of the few ilxors I've met irl and he was lovely, gracious and friendly. He raised the level of discourse here with intelligence and wit. I was sad that he felt he had to stop posting here and enjoyed it when I would bump into one of his posts on FT or elswhere. Just hope he's at peace now...RIP

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Very sad, RIP.

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

only know him as a great presence on a lot of classic threads here, but he was always so engaged & good humoured, this is very sad.

ogmor, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

He was always such a terrific guy, almost absurdly good to everyone. And he had such a great and honest sense of himself. Such sad news ... he'd only have gotten even better and smarter. Ned's right to point how he could even tackle this illness with grace and good spirits, and keep right on writing and thinking. I will really, really miss this guy.

ንፁህ አበበ (nabisco), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

What a lovely man.

I think some of us need to go to the Glasshouse Stores ASAP and raise a glass.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Whatever happens, count us all there in spirit.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

echoing darraghmac's sentiments...

RIP, and sorry to all the ilxors that knew him better than I did.

sleeve, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

count me in for many spirits; martin was my the first regular to befriend me. didn't interact w/ him lately, but always liked him and found his crankiness a good good thing, and espesh sorry to his family and friends.

remy bean, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Aw shit. Farewell Martin and good thoughts to all his friends :(

Quantum of Pie (NickB), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

all this time i've been here and i didn't really know him ... but i remember his thoughtful posts (esp. from ilx's earliest days).

rip and condolences to his family :-(

My name is Frunze. Learn it well it is the chilling sound of your doom (Eisbaer), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

He put me in my place on here once (I deserved it), and I really appreciated it. He was very good to talk to, very understanding and fair and kind. Sad day.

Bryan, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is horrible. martin was a kind and thoughtful man.

by another name (amateurist), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

WBS's wonderful tribute is up:

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:59 (seven years ago) Permalink



monogalomaniacal (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

I didn't even know he was sick. My mom's had the same type of cancer for the past 6 years; my uncle had it too and died within months of detection. I only met him once or twice at London FAPS, but he was always a friendly presence around here. From his postings, at least it seems he lived life fully. I just read his journal--harrowing stuff.

Virginia Plain, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Aw man, 52?

He was indeed a total stalwart of the Jukebox, and also I Love WWE, in its heyday.

Sleep well dude.

MPx4A, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

RIP. I only knew him via his ILX posts and what I read by him on Singles Jukebox, but he had a distinctive and engaging presence. When I was first trying to figure out ILX, he was one of the personalities that came to life most obviously and vividly. Besides the intelligence and ranging curiosity, seemed like a fundamentally decent guy. I'm sorry to hear he's gone.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:13 (seven years ago) Permalink


the tune is space, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

RIP Martin :(

Gary Barlow syndrome (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

i didnt know the guy as well as a lot of people here but from his posts he was a very genuine and honest guy. RIP.

Michael B, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

I did not know Martin, but I am very sorry for the loss of your friend.

ilx poster and keen dairy observer (Jenny), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Never got the pleasure to converse with him, but saw more than my fair share of his posts in the archive...seemed a very thoughtful, respectful, and intelligent guy.

RIP Martin

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

So, so, so sorry to hear this. He was always so nice to me, and to everyone. I'm just glad I got the chance to meet him when he was alive. RIP Martin.

geeta, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:34 (seven years ago) Permalink


EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

A great guy. Rest in peace dude.

kip winger; radio ventriloquist (jel --), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

i just went back and read martin's lj for the last few months, and aside from kicking myself for not trying to send a few more words along after the facebook post months back, i am really astounded by the grace and humility and charity in those posts. obviously i'm sure he had and expressed a wealth of different emotions as all this went on, but the...grace (no other word, really) of those entries, especially in the last month or so, was really remarkable.

apichathong song (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Didn't know Martin that well outside of Jukebox, but he was easily one of our MVPs, and always a pleasure to read. Rest in peace.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ach, this happened a lot sooner than I expected :( Martin kept on posting to his Liejournal most days, after his diagnosis he went on a spree of reading all the books he'd always meant to get round to, which I thought was a sweet way of spending one's valuable last times. His descriptions of treatment were hard to read and heartbreaking, and it is more so now as he'd seemed to rally a little recently. Rest easy Martin, you were a gracious, kind and big-hearted guy.

Rameses Street (Trayce), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Livejournal. ack what a typo :(

Rameses Street (Trayce), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm deeply sorry i never got to meet martin. he was a decent and reassuring presence on ile and ilc for years. he was a wonderfully smart and informed guy, seemed to have read and seen everything, and wrote very well about it. i spent a whole afternoon a few weeks ago reading his reviews at the comics site he edited. i meant to drop him a line to tell him how terrific i thought it was -- too late now. :(

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

reading all the books he'd always meant to get round to

I should tear up at "books before I diary" but it's so Martin and so indicative of what strongo so rightly identifies as grace.

publier les (suggest) bans de (Michael White), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

so often I come across really excellent insightful posts on bumped threads and look to see who it is and yes, it's Martin. Always enjoy his Singles Jukebox contributions too. I'd have liked to have known him better, and my thoughts are with everyone who did. RIP.

Sir Chips Keswick (Merdeyeux), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Tom's tribute:

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Martin was the kind of contributor every community wants – quick to say something welcoming or smart, slow to anger, possessed of a working bullshit detector but enough of a gent to use it wisely. ILX would never have been any good without him and others like him in its early stages.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

: ( terrible

RIP martin

nh (cozen), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Very sad, I knew him only from reading him here and on Singles Jukebox, but always appreciated his humor and insight and he seemed like a kind person.

Mark, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:57 (seven years ago) Permalink


moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 21:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

i keep coming back to ilx because of what i saw in my early lurking days, though martin had very different interests than me and we rarely interacted he is part of what made this place special and we are diminished

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

wanted to send him some kind of simple words of well wishing or compassion recently but didn't, worried it would feel contrived given how little i've interacted directly with him over the years and years i've occupied the same virtual vicinity. but he was a good man, RIP.

some dude, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

Waking up to this is really sad. I admired Martin enormously as some kind of ultimate cultural polymath, he seemed to know something about everything, but he wrote in a such a human, accessible way so it wasn't intimidating how smart he was. I admired Martin because in his fifties he was probably living more than many do in their twenties. One couldn't help but find him frank, funny and engaging, and I know he's living a big hole in the world even bigger than the one on the Internet as a result. RIP Martin.

unskinny blap (edwardo), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

I believe his presence on ilx was mostly before my time - either that or we didn't bump elbows that much. still, I certainly recognize his name.

RIP man. fuck cancer!

notes on camping (Pillbox), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 22:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

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