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End Of An Era.  
User currently offlinescreeners From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6070 times:
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PHOTO SCREENER

Today the longest running screener on the site, Gray Watt aka Granite, has decided to hang up his screeners duties. 14 years he screened, and was the first screener brought in from Johan. A straight shooter as you'll ever meet, a keen sense of humor, and an eye for picking out clonend images from the queue.

You will be missed Gary. A true leader, your legacy will continue on.

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User currently offlinePanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4217 posts, RR: 89
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6062 times:
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Quoting screeners (Thread starter):
You will be missed Gary. A true leader, your legacy will continue on.

Could not agree more and thank you for all you did Gary. Wishing you all the best with your future endeavours and we look forward to seeing you here from time to time.

Thank you again.

Paul



Ask the impossible to achieve the best possible
User currently offlineThierryd From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2081 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6036 times:
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Gary deserves a big round of applause. In his 14 years with Airliners.net he has screened 403529 photos!!! He has been a major factor in shaping the site and making it to what it is today. He's always been helpful to others giving good advice and managed to apply Airliners.net's sometimes stringent acceptance criteria with a great amount of common sense.

Thank you a lot, Gary!

Thierry



"Go ahead...make my day"
User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10341 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6030 times:

Quoting Thierryd (Reply 2):
He's always been helpful to others giving good advice and managed to apply Airliners.net's sometimes stringent acceptance criteria with a great amount of common sense.

Not to mention screening thousands of film images, which add a great historical aspect to the database.

Best wishes Gary, and thanks for your dedication to the site.



How can I be an admiral without my cap??!
User currently onlineairkas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4030 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5990 times:

Wow, 14 years is very impressive, not to mention those numbers and the amount of time you've put into this site. Thanks Gary, take care!

User currently offlineJoshu From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5973 times:

14 years is some serious service to this website. Thank you

User currently offlinedendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1690 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5914 times:
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HEAD SCREENER

Gary,
Sorry to see you go - part of the rock, the foundations on which the site was built ! His ability to spot cloning was unequalled and I think he trained most of us in that.

Gary always had an abundance of common sense and it was always a pleasure to work with him, especially with the oldies and he became a friend I have yet to meet.

All the best Gary

Mick Bajcar


User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5907 times:

Very sad to see Gary go! Thanks for all the effort you have put into A.net and all the hours screening !


ABC
User currently offlineacontador From Chile, joined Jul 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5906 times:
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I don't think we can thank Gary enough for what he has done for all of us who contribute to the site. Gary has been a pillar of the site, and he has been fundamental in shaping Airliners.net into what it is today.

Personally, he has helped me a lot to improve my editing, particularly the old scans..

Thank you a lot Gary for all, hope to see you soon!

Cheers,

Andrés



Just sit back, relax and have a glass of Merlot...enjoy your life!
User currently onlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4006 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5897 times:

Thanks, Gary, and all the best.

Peter  



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User currently offlinePlainplane From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 849 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5888 times:

Strong gratitude for your service to the community. Thank you Gary!

User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3064 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5839 times:
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Hello Gary.

I'd like to join colleagues in thanking you for your sterling service to the A.net community. You've certainly invested a lot of time and effort on our behalf.

I haven't forgotten the personal editing help you offered to me when I first joined the site nearly 10 years ago now.

I wish you the very best.

Paul


User currently offlineandrew50 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 136 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5748 times:
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Hi Gary,
Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done for A.net. Good luck!
Andrew Compolo


User currently offlinewalter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1303 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5713 times:

Hi Gary,

Thanks for all the massive work you have put into the site and for all the advice given!!

I wish you all the best and succes with your future endeavours!

Best regards,

Walter



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User currently offlineLen90 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5697 times:

So sad to here he is vacating his screening duties. Thank you for all that you did for the community and you definitely will be missed. Hopefully some of my pictures are among the 403,000 he screened.

Cheers!
- Len



Len90
User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5636 times:

Wow
Truly the end of en era, making Royal and Andy the last screeners from the old days.
400000+ photos screened is quite a big achievement, and i guess this does not include the screened reuploads.
All the best to you Gary



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User currently offlineyerbol From Kazakhstan, joined Feb 2010, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5630 times:

Gary,
Thanks from all Almaty spotters for screening our photos and for giving a chance for some of them to appear on this wonderful aviation website. Please let me know if you decide to visit Almaty. I am here to help!
Brgds, Yerbol [Almaty Spotting Club]



With best regards from Almaty
User currently onlinebeaverhunter From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5624 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

If awards were given for Builder, or Hall of Fame.....Gary Watt "Granite" would be on top of the list.

Thanks for everything you did here Gary

John Olafson


User currently offlineaussie18 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1757 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5594 times:
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PHOTO SCREENER

Its a big loss to the screening team to see Gary leave, He has been a big help to all the screening team over the years with current and past screeners and has put in a huge amount of time and effort with all the old scans that we have seen uploaded over the years.

All the best to Gary in the future and maybe one day he will find the time to re-join the screening team.

Cheers Mark


User currently offlinechris7217 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2002, 169 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5567 times:
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Gary will surely be missed!

All the best!


User currently offlinehkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1323 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5564 times:

Wow.....14 years and 403529 images screened! That is really impressive. A part of Anet's history has been lost, not to mention a blow to the screening team..

Thanks Gary for your service to this site and all the best.


User currently offlineckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 769 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5528 times:

It was Gary who convinced me to go digital many years ago with a Canon D30 - so I have much to both thank and curse him for!

Anyway, well done for an outstanding job over the years - often with less appreciation than the job deserves. Anet will be hard pressed to fill your shoes!

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlinedvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1753 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5474 times:
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Gary was both an excellent leader and friendly colleague. The staff won't be the same without him.


From the Mind of Minolta
User currently offlineRCoulter From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5455 times:

Thanks for all the hard work Gary! Enjoy all the free-time you should have now!

User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5421 times:

Best of luck in the Aberdeen mist Gary!
Definitely a legacy to leave behind after contributing so much for this site for free..
Thanks for doing what you do  



Chance favors the prepared mind.
25 Post contains images wilco737 : Gary, I wish you all the best for the future. Many thanks for the dedicated work from you. 400k+ pictures is a lot to screen and a lot of time you hav
26 Jid : Yep, good luck in your future ventures Gary, I know how much effort you must have put in over the years and that will have been a massive commitment.
27 angad84 : I'm too new to have gotten to know Gary personally, but I'm sure some of my images must have passed under his keen gaze. And certainly, all that aside
28 jetmatt777 : Thank you Gary for your hard work. Enjoy "retirement"! You have left quite the legacy here and we all wish you well. Matt
29 Garyck : Good Luck Gary, Enjoy your new found freedom, Keep those shots coming Gary
30 Chukcha : Thank you, Gary, for all your good work. Hopefully, now you'll have the time to upload more shots of your own. All the best, and we hope to see you ar
31 sulman : Gary helped me get some of my first acceptances back in 2004 when I was really struggling with the quality hump. Thanks for all the hard work! James
32 JohnKrist : Gary, I guess all things must end, and you have given Anet 14 years. For that I can only express a big thank you. It has been a pleasure working with
33 gerardo : Truth is, everything has to come to an end, as sad as it may be. You will sure be missed here, but also always be part of this sites history, be it as
34 Post contains images topgun3 : I wonder what he will do with all his free time now that he has hung-up the screener hat.
35 Scooter : Thanks Gary - you were definitely one of the guys who inspired me to pick up a camera back in the day. I can't believe it's been 14 years! Best of luc
36 GPHOTO : All the best Gary, this place won't be the same without you. It has been a pleasure to have known you, initially as a site user and later to have the
37 ghost77 : Thank you for screening my pictures, reuploads and for your time Gary! g77
38 JumboJim747 : I can hear these words echo a lot on here . Thanks for your help along the way Gary you will be missed. Cheers
39 unattendedbag : A tremendous legacy to be proud of. Thank you for your dedication and service!
40 gocaps16 : Gary aka Granite, Thanks for your time, dedication, and most importantly, your voluntary service on making this site grow with some of the best photos
41 jpc11 : Thanks for deciding which photos were A.net worthy and which ones weren't. Your expertise will truly be missed. Thanks and Merry Christmas, Jack Ciesi
42 andyhunt : Gary, Already missining your banter......keep well and stay happy! Andrew
43 Post contains images chrisair : Looks like I'm almost a month late to the party, but congrats to Gary on a successful "career" here. I remember the late night/early morning screening
44 Post contains images granite : Hello Thanks for the words. Always remember what Johan told me many years ago 'When you find its not fun anymore then is the time to leave' Hopefully
45 beaverhunter : We're waiting Gary. Bring them on! Cheers, John
46 Post contains images granite : John Will do and now that I am not crew I won't have to hold back on comments even if the crew are wrong Gary
47 mx330 : Gracias Granite!! For all the job you put in to this. Juan
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