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#500886 - 06/04/05 05:42 PM Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?
3030Man Offline
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Registered: 02/14/04
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Mr. Howell
Thanks so much for the memories. I to read Bob Milek also as much as my Bible. I grew up reading all of the old school writers. Some are still around. To name a few are , Jon Sundra, J.B Wood, John Lachuk, Hal Swiggett, Finn Aagaard, John Wooters, H. Lea Lawence, Jack Lott, Bob Hagel,Craig Boddington, Clair Rees, Jack O Conner, and my all time favorite Elmer Keith.

Ken, does Bill Milek write at all these days ? I haven’t read any new gun magazines in years. I guess I stopped reading them about the time when all of my favorites stopped writing or passed away.

30-30 Man

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#500887 - 06/04/05 05:46 PM Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?
3030Man Offline
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Registered: 02/14/04
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Opps, You answered the question about Bill Milek. I didn't read all the posts.

30-30 Man

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#500888 - 06/04/05 06:26 PM Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?
Ken Howell Offline
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Registered: 12/14/00
Posts: 29227
I never knew or heard of Bill Milek. Who he be?

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#500889 - 06/04/05 06:29 PM Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?
Huntr Offline
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Registered: 01/28/04
Posts: 10472
Loc: New Mexico
He is truly missed!

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#500890 - 06/04/05 06:49 PM Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?
Ken Howell Offline
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Registered: 12/14/00
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Of those whom you've listed, I know, knew, or have met — among many others — Jon Sundra, J B Wood, John Lachuk, Hal Swiggett, Finn Aagaard, John Wootters, Bob Hagel, Craig Boddington, Clair Rees, and my long-time friend and neighbor Elmer Keith. I do not know Lea Lawence or Jack Lott and never met O'Connor in person (only by letter and 'phone). I admire to the nth degree most of those whom I've known. (Never mind who're the exceptions in the above list!)

The full list of my favorites (not to mention mere acquaintances and those whom I'd avoid today) would be much longer than the above list — Bill Jordan, Ken Waters, John Amber, and Bob Brister, for starters. It may be worth my while to make a full list for my own amusement.

My private list of "wet dogs at the ladies' lawn party" would be very satisfyingly short. Most good gun writers are good guys.

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#500891 - 06/04/05 09:07 PM Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?
Marcus Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 522
Loc: Ruston, Louisiana
Ken,
I got both of the 10 inch Contender bull barrels in the Herrett calibers about 30 years ago. I do not remember the year now they had only been out a few months and they both came with loading data that included Bob's address and phone number. I was having a problems with the .30 Herrett and picked up the phone and gave Bob a call. As I recall it rang a couple of times and he answered and we spent 30 minutes discussing the fine points of accuracy with the .30 and .357 Herretts cartridges. I spent that evening loading the and following his directions. He was dead on, the five or six inch groups went to 1 to 2 inches. A few days later he gave me a call to see how the groups were going. That was really nice, I was nothing but a kid in college at that time and he knew that, but he still called to check on me. I have taken quite a few deer and hogs with the Herrett calibers now, but every time I take one of them out I remember that Bob Milek cared enough to help me.
Take care!
Marcus

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#500892 - 06/05/05 06:20 AM Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?
Ken Howell Offline
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 12/14/00
Posts: 29227
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It may be worth my while to make a full list for my own amusement. ... My private list of "wet dogs at the ladies' lawn party" would be very satisfyingly short. Most good gun writers are good guys.



'Tis just as I thought —

I made two lists last night, (a) the gun writers past and present whom I could think of, whom I've known and would welcome into my camp anywhere, any time, and the "wet dogs," whom I've known and would just as soon would go somewhere else. Both tallies are interesting — 57 good guys and 13 "wet dogs."

Toldya — most good gun writers are good guys.

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#500893 - 06/05/05 11:59 AM Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?
joken2 Offline
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Registered: 08/28/03
Posts: 3868
Loc: Kentucky
Ken,
I don't know on which of your lists he falls, but some years back J B Wood and I were neighbors and my limited experience's with him were all positive. Over the years since, I've phoned him a few times with questions about a firearm and he has always been very friendly and extremely helpful.

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#500894 - 06/05/05 12:27 PM Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?
Ken Howell Offline
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Registered: 12/14/00
Posts: 29227
I don't know J B well, but he's on my big list.

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#500895 - 06/05/05 04:04 PM I,too, met him at a SHOT show and asked him....
MColeman Offline
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Registered: 07/15/04
Posts: 13250
Loc: Greenville, AL
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The first time when I met Bob, it was at a meeting in the early 1980s here in the Old World, according to his name badge I addressed him as "Mr. Milek" - pronounced "Mylek" which is wrong.
In his high cowboy heels an with high selfconfidence he interupted my speech and told me, his family is of Polish origin and his name is to be pronounced "Me:lek".
Bob was a nice and very capable guy, sharing his knowledge with the interested.
RD




how he pronounced his name. Was it Mile-ek or Mill-ek.
He replied that it was pronounced Mill-ek. Later on, as I was leaving, I ran into him again and stopped him and asked, "Are you SURE you're pronouncing your name correctly?" He stared for a minute and then broke out into a grin. I got to see him once more before he died. It was common knowledge that he was in poor health the last time I saw him. I mentioned to him that I had put him on my prayer list and he thanked me and I left.

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