It was with great sadness I learned of the death of Robert C. Girard who, as the proprietor of Arcturus Books, ran what was probably the world's premier Fortean mail-order book service. I had frequent dealings with Bob when I ran Excalibur Books and I found him always honest, reliable and intelligent. If a book he had for sale was, in his opinion, rubbish, he would not hesitate to tell you in his catalogue. Efficiency was his middle name. Latterly, he found that New Technology had affected his sales adversely and he had undergone sundry health problems of a serious nature. He held a rather pessimistic view of human nature, for which few can blame him. He was indeed something of a philosopher and had a vibrant personality, which will doubtless be much missed by his children and grandchildren.