Dad was the sort of guy who did not seem to know how to be pessimistic.
He started a farm machine business in Iowa in 1963 and kept it running through various farm crises of the 1970s and 1980s while other similar businesses around him folded.
And even in May, when he was diagnosed with cancer, he still was not pessimistic, making plans for the future and keeping those around him in good spirits.
Dad died today, July 24, 2013.
Box-Toppers will be on hiatus for the next several days.
--Chuck Plank, 1937-2013