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End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:13 am

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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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:34 am

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
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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:38 am

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!

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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:47 am

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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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:42 am

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!
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Joshu
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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:12 pm

14 years is some serious service to this website. Thank you
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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:21 pm

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

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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:27 pm

Very sad to see Gary go! Thanks for all the effort you have put into A.net and all the hours screening !
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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:29 pm

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,

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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:43 pm

Thanks, Gary, and all the best.

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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:11 pm

Strong gratitude for your service to the community. Thank you Gary!
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:29 pm

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
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:50 pm

Hi Gary,
Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done for A.net. Good luck!
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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:08 pm

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,

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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:54 pm

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!
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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:26 am

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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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:53 am

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]
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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:04 am

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

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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:38 am

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
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:54 am

Gary will surely be missed!

All the best!
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:58 am

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.
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:25 am

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,

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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:53 pm

Gary was both an excellent leader and friendly colleague. The staff won't be the same without him.
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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:12 pm

Thanks for all the hard work Gary! Enjoy all the free-time you should have now!
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:14 pm

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  
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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:55 pm

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.

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Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:51 pm

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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RE: End Of An Era.

Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:15 pm

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.

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RE: End Of An Era.

Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:22 pm

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

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RE: End Of An Era.

Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:42 pm

Good Luck Gary,

Enjoy your new found freedom, Keep those shots coming

Gary
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RE: End Of An Era.

Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:16 am

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
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:18 pm

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!

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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:32 am

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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RE: End Of An Era.

Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:04 pm

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
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RE: End Of An Era.

Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:45 am

I wonder what he will do with all his free time now that he has hung-up the screener hat.  
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RE: End Of An Era.

Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:43 am

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!
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RE: End Of An Era.

Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:38 am

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,

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RE: End Of An Era.

Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:07 pm

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

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RE: End Of An Era.

Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:36 pm

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
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RE: End Of An Era.

Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:13 pm

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!
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RE: End Of An Era.

Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:52 pm

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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RE: End Of An Era.

Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:42 pm

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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RE: End Of An Era.

Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:57 pm

Gary,

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

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RE: End Of An Era.

Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:11 am

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]
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:00 pm

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
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:48 pm

We're waiting Gary. Bring them on!

Cheers,
John
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:26 pm

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
 
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RE: End Of An Era.

Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:31 am

Gracias Granite!!

For all the job you put in to this.

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