It is with sadness and shock that I announce that Eric Minton - "GG-1" - passed away on Tuesday, June 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Details of his death are not known at this time. Eric spent some of his early years in the New York and Philadelphia area where, like many kids of that era, he became a fan of the Pennsylvania Railroad, epitomized by the iconic electric locomotive, the GG-1. Eric's life took him into show business where he worked behind the scenes with touring companies such as Ice Capades and at major performance venues in Honolulu, Hawaii. His work put him into contact with some of the biggest acts of the era such as the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Eric was one of our long-time friends here at Amtrak Unlimited. He was a member of the moderating staff and was part of the planning committee for the Gathering. He participated in AU events, and also was active at On Track On Line, where he was in chat just this past Sunday. He was always quick with a joke, with occasional gaffs that were a little reminiscent of Yogi Berra. Most of all, Eric was a kind and gentle man who had an infectious smile. I searched for a photo that I thought expressed what I felt was the true Eric, and found this one that he used as his Facebook cover photo. He was a kid at heart, and this expresses it perfectly. From all the staff at AU, our deepest sympathy to Eric’s family and friends. He was a one-of-a-kind, a friend, and will be missed.