Those following this thread, I was finally able to catch up with John on the phone Sunday evening and went over to his place today and had a very enjoyable 3 hour visit. John is about 200 miles from my place with a few back roads taking about 3.5 hours to reach his place.
John lives at the end of a cul-de-sac that drops down slowly over a hill. The location was not as bad I had feared, but his place is surrounded by trees really restricting reception limiting reception.
When I arrived, I found out the previous afternoon John's 80+ year old neighbor had dropped over dead while mowing grass that was the story for the day. John lives in a single wide mobile home and has a step son living on the next lot over. It's close enough for John to walk over to his place with the cane he uses. John is still mobile enough at 70 he can use his self propelled mower to mow his own lawn. It's a small lawn, but takes John a couple of afternoons to mow with his mobility issues.
When I arrived, I went around back to John's home and announced I had arrived and John stepped outside. We sat on his back deck for about 3 hours. I brought his Windows 10 system that had been donated with a UPS, and kicked in a USB modem/mouse/keyboard along with a USB modem. The computer had been updated this past week with the latest updates for Windows 10 along with having both M.E.S.S. and MAME on the computer. I built a shortcut that launched his emulation to match my system here at the house. His SCART monitor that was contributed, I kicked in the cables to use SHIFT838's board and cables so he would be ready to go. I also brought over some food to help him out.
Finally, and this is for Tim, I gave him the envelope you provided. John told me to tell you "He was going to make an offering!" He was hoping you would remember the last time he made that statement.
I was not able to assist John in the setup in his home of the equipment. John will be setting things up as he can get things moved around. He REALLY REALLY has to move "stuff" around to make space available so he can use it. Let's just stay he has "stuff" stacked with no place to move stuff around. It will take time, and it is a priority.
Right now, John's old computer is only useable when it is cool. The fan is apparently out so it apparently overheating and shutting down. He will be getting the new system setup, it will just take some time.
John really appreciated everything. He just did not think he deserved the help. I passed on to him there were a number of TI'ers out there that John had made an impression over the years and we were just paying things forward ourselves. He wanted me to thank everyone.
Even though John is 70, his mind is sharp as a tack. His body has just had a rough road.