What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

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What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby Clementine » Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:21 am

:( I can't access this wonderful website and the google abstract seems to suggest that he has closed it down. Can anybody tell me what's going on please?
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby Adrian » Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:08 am

"As some of you already know, DrHGuy.com is now closed and 1HeckOfAGuy.com will close in a couple of days. I apologize for the abrupt termination. The reasons, which have accumulated over time, are too complex, painful, and sad to go into. As Leonard once said about losing his retirement fund, 'It’s enough to put a dent in your mood.'

I have hopes of resurrecting a Leonard Cohen site at some point, probably with an audience limited to readers with an interest in and respect for the sort of material I offer, but I don't know when/if that will take place. If you would like to be informed about such a project should contact me at DrHGuy@1HeckOfAGuy.com . Please enter “Leonard Cohen Project” in the Subject Line and include your name.

I appreciate the kind thoughts and good wishes extended by many readers.

Allan
~aka DrHGuy at Heck Of A Guy"

The message above appears on the facebook page of Allan Showalter https://www.facebook.com/ashowalter1 as of yesterday.

Allan, of course, is the marvellous author of the blogs "1 Heck of a Guy" and "DrHGuy" known to, and loved by, Leonard Cohen fans and more world-wide.
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby Clementine » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:03 am

Thank you. I'm not very good at Facebook. Is there a more detailed explanation or is this it?
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby Adrian » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:54 am

That's the sole explanation from DrHGuy that I've seen. If you visit facebook, the rest of that thread comprises comments from readers expressing their feelings.

Perhaps we'll hear more - here or there!
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby holydove » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:39 pm

Adrian, thank you for sharing Allan's facebook post. I never go to facebook, so I hadn't seen it; I have, however, been reading Allan's blogs for a long time, so I greatly appreciate your kindness in posting the info here. Thanks again.

And thank you to Clementine for starting the thread & asking the question.
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby AlexandraLaughing » Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:49 am

Thanks to all. Sad- these were/are both great sites.

I hope Dr Heck himself is all right, but I hope at least he can take comfort in how much joy and laughter he has given LC fans over the years (even though I only discovered him a month ago, I feel as though I have gotten years of fun out of the two sites!).
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby phillip » Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:53 am

it is sad news but at least we still have this site which I love
I have been a Leonard Cohen fan for 28 years feel free to email me if you wish to keep in touch!
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby regensburg » Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:01 am

Yes, it is very sad, but he gave us an option if we are interested in the "Leonard Cohen Project" which he might open, then we can E-mail him. Hopefully he will be able to continue on that if a lot of people are signing up for it.
Allan done a terrific job with all the information, pictures etc. about Leonard. I know we all will miss that. Thank you for your hard work. Jutta
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby Olwen » Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:34 am

I am so sorry to hear that Allan Showalter has decided to close both of his wonderful sites. I really enjoyed them over the years. Hopefully he will be back soon for those of us who love all things L.C
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby Clementine » Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:55 am

I am just heartbroken - as I said to DrHGuy in an email. Whenever I was down I would visit that site and remind myself of all the reasons why I was - well, why I AM - a Cohen fan. I do hope he can bring it back in some way, shape or form. I can't imagine life without it!
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby sereneava » Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:48 pm

I agree so much with all the previous posts. I feel as if I have lost a friend. Most of all I send best wishes to Allan Showalter in whatever is happening in his life.

For those who don't do Facebook, his email address is DrHGuy@1HeckOfAGuy.com with the subject line Leonard Cohen Project and include your name, if you are interested in being advised if he starts something new.

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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby oblivion » Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:33 pm

Yes, it´s indeed very sad that doctor Heck´s site is closed as i mentioned on facebook.
I have also noticed that Marie´s Speaking Cohen is now closed and
that´s a great pity because it´s such a huge "Archive of Everything about Leonard Cohen"
Marie, thank you for your enormous engagement for the Cohenites !!
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby cohenadmirer » Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:39 pm

This came as a bolt from the blue.
It's tragic that these marvelous resources have simply disappeared, and at present the reason is unclear .They will be hugely missed
anyway much gratitude to allan for the dedicated work and very best wishes.
If there should be future projects i would be extremely interested
Leonard's work resonates
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby Elvira » Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:07 pm

So sad to hear this very bad news .learned so much about Leonard Cohen, through his witty comments and insight. I do hope that, One day , he comes back to us. Thank you for sharing the information.
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Re: What has happened to 1 Heck of a Guy?

Postby Olwen » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:01 am

Perhaps Jarkko can enlighten us more on what is happening?
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