In Memoriam

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Progress Report


Hiram Holroyd (Ted) Wagar, 1942-2013

Hiram Holroyd (Ted) Wagar, 1942-2013

My father passed away today. It wasn’t unexpected, he’d been ill for quite some time. He always supported me in my writing and was one of the first pledgers for Elite : Reclamation, despite knowing that he almost certainly would not live long enough to read the book. Sadly that’s turned out to be true.

I’ll be dedicating Elite : Reclamation to him. He got me started in Astronomy, Photography, Space and Computers (he built one in 1978 from scratch, long before the kits became available in the UK).

Edit March 2017. 

Nearly four years have gone since my father passed away, but the space-station I hoped would be present in the Elite Dangerous game is very much there. If you venture to the Prism system and head for the moon ‘Chione’, you’ll find a large station called ‘Hiram’s Anchorage’ in orbit.

I know my dad would have enjoyed this. If you venture there, raise a glass of Leestian Evil Juice, Commanders.

Hiram’s Anchorage in the Prism system. Image by Commander Guy Driggers.

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  1. Deepest sympathy for your loss Drew.

  2. Sorry to hear this Drew.
    I’ll be certain to dock at Hiram’s Anchorage and raise a toast.
    Don’t worry about us, updates or the book, look after you and yours.
    Take as long as you need.

  3. Given that it was your father who kindled your interest in all things astronomical and technological, I can’t think of a more fitting tribute than dedicating your next science fiction book to him.

    I know the thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes of the whole online community will be with you and your family, Drew.

    With sympathy,

    T. James.

  4. Once we’re all up and running in the game – send me the co-ordinates for Hiram’s Anchorage and I will join you for a virtual beer or three and toast your father’s memory.

  5. Now we will all remember him fondly for years to come…

  6. Really sorry to hear that Drew.

    I know from experience that there’s nothing I can say to help other than just that I sympathise.

  7. Visited the station today. Lovely to see that your father’s memory lives on, in a virtual world. This isn’t the first memorial I’ve visited, John Bradley Hope in Tetrian is similarly named. Of course I never met your father, but he clearly had a huge and positive impact on you and others. May his memory live on, both physically and virtually.

    • Thanks for the comment, Dan, and thanks for visiting Hiram’s Anchorage. My Dad would have loved the idea of his own space station. 🙂

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