In 2004, I was starting my senior year at Ohio State. About a month before Neutron Man died, I was attending a Buckeye/political event in Grove City that was hosted by the U.S. Representative who covered the western half of Franklin County at the time, Deborah Pryce. Two notable former Buckeyes, Mike Lanese and Greg Frey, were at the event. There were more former Buckeyes there, but those were two I remember. There were many state and local politicos there, given it was an election year and Deborah Pryce was one of the most powerful politicos in central Ohio at the time.
Nevertheless, the star of the event wasn't Deborah Pryce, one of the state or local politicos, or one of the former Buckeyes. It was the Neutron Man. The crowd at the event absolutely loved it! You could tell Neutron Man loved the people and the people loved him back, whether it was in that banquet hall in Grove City or at Ohio Stadium. Yet, he didn't try to make himself the star that night. In a couple of that night's big moments, which included TV cameras present, he moved away from the cameras to make sure to let Deborah Pryce and the former Buckeye players get the publicity.
I was able to say hello and talk with him for a moment that night. Just a very nice guy. He had a smile all night! Then, a month later or so, I heard on the news that he was gone.
As I look back, I wish I got a picture with him that night, but I will always have the memories of seeing him bring joy to so many that evening.