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End Of An Era.  
User currently offlinescreeners From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 months 14 hours ago) and read 5979 times:
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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, 4182 posts, RR: 89
Reply 1, posted (11 months 13 hours ago) and read 5971 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, 2072 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (11 months 12 hours ago) and read 5945 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



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10096 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (11 months 12 hours ago) and read 5939 times:
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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.



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User currently offlineairkas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4005 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (11 months 8 hours ago) and read 5899 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, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 months 8 hours ago) and read 5882 times:

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

User currently onlinedendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1671 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (11 months 4 hours ago) and read 5823 times:
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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 (11 months 4 hours ago) and read 5816 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 onlineacontador From Chile, joined Jul 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (11 months 4 hours ago) and read 5815 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



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User currently onlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3954 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (11 months 4 hours ago) and read 5806 times:

Thanks, Gary, and all the best.

Peter  



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User currently offlinePlainplane From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 846 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 months 4 hours ago) and read 5797 times:

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

User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3052 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (11 months 2 hours ago) and read 5748 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, 126 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5657 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 onlinewalter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1300 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5622 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, 600 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5606 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 (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5545 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, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5539 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 offlinebeaverhunter From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5533 times:
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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, 1753 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5503 times:
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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 (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5476 times:
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Gary will surely be missed!

All the best!


User currently offlinehkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5473 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, 745 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5437 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



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User currently offlinedvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1745 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5383 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 (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5364 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 (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5330 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.
User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9077 posts, RR: 76
Reply 25, posted (10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5350 times:
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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 have spent here.

many thanks again and take care.

wilco737
  



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User currently offlineJid From Barbados, joined Dec 2004, 973 posts, RR: 31
Reply 26, posted (10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5210 times:

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.

Cheers .. Jid



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User currently offlineangad84 From India, joined Nov 2012, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 27, posted (10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

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, Gary has made a.net what it is, and for that he deserves the appreciation of everyone who posts and uploads here.

Cheers Gary, and good luck for the future.

Angad


User currently offlinejetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2808 posts, RR: 33
Reply 28, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5231 times:

Thank you Gary for your hard work. Enjoy "retirement"! You have left quite the legacy here and we all wish you well.

Matt



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User currently offlineGaryck From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5189 times:
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Good Luck Gary,

Enjoy your new found freedom, Keep those shots coming

Gary



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User currently offlineChukcha From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 1980 posts, RR: 7
Reply 30, posted (10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4876 times:
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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 around.

Andrei


User currently onlinesulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2037 posts, RR: 32
Reply 31, posted (10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4760 times:

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



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User currently offlineJohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1399 posts, RR: 6
Reply 32, posted (10 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4662 times:
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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 you, not to happy with the rejections though :P

Take care!



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User currently offlinegerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 33, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4518 times:

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 photographer, screener, head screener or forum member

Best of luck with whatever you choose to do next.

Cheerio
Gerardo



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User currently offlinetopgun3 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4460 times:

I wonder what he will do with all his free time now that he has hung-up the screener hat.  


I'd rather be flying.
User currently offlineScooter From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 855 posts, RR: 1
Reply 35, posted (10 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4298 times:

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 luck in whatever you have planned next!


User currently offlineGPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 831 posts, RR: 25
Reply 36, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4169 times:
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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 privilige to have worked with you as a crew member.

Best regards,

Jim



Erm, is this thing on?
User currently offlineghost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5224 posts, RR: 51
Reply 37, posted (10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4107 times:

Thank you for screening my pictures, reuploads and for your time Gary!

g77



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User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 44
Reply 38, posted (10 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3919 times:

Quoting Psych (Reply 11):
I haven't forgotten the personal editing help

I can hear these words echo a lot on here .
Thanks for your help along the way Gary you will be missed.
Cheers



On a wing and a prayer
User currently offlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 39, posted (10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3573 times:

Quoting screeners (Thread starter):
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 tremendous legacy to be proud of. Thank you for your dedication and service!



Slower traffic, keep right
User currently offlinegocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4347 posts, RR: 21
Reply 40, posted (10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3440 times:

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 we have seen in mankind. Hope to see you someday in Aberdeen. Don't put that camera down just yet.



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User currently offlinejpc11 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (10 months 6 days ago) and read 3372 times:

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 Ciesinski



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User currently offlineandyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 42, posted (10 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3364 times:
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Gary,

Already missining your banter......keep well and stay happy!

Andrew



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User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2133 posts, RR: 3
Reply 43, posted (10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

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 sessions back in 2001 that Gary, AirNikon and I would have. The stuff we used to see and talk about was hilarious. Then we had to become serious and we couldn't write snarky comments to the photogs.  

Hard to believe that was SO long ago. Hope you're sticking around in some way, Gary.

[Edited 2013-12-20 01:12:15]

User currently offlinegranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 44, posted (10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3270 times:
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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 I will be able to critique on some rejections in the future  

Regards

Gary


User currently offlinebeaverhunter From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 45, posted (10 months 4 days ago) and read 3196 times:
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We're waiting Gary. Bring them on!

Cheers,
John


User currently offlinegranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 46, posted (10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3212 times:
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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


User currently offlinemx330 From Mexico, joined Oct 2002, 828 posts, RR: 13
Reply 47, posted (9 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2674 times:
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Gracias Granite!!

For all the job you put in to this.

Juan



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