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Don (DJ) Jackowski - Flatdog has passed away

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bruce Lancaster, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Bruce Lancaster
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    Just got word that Flatdog has died, very suddenly and only apparently a few minutes ago. Probably heart attack. Just gone at his desk.
    Don Jackowski, brilliant instinctive engineer and engine developer, and extraordinarily intelligent man in a rough shell.
    He leaves behind his wife and two kids in college.
    Son is in MIT.
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    Oh man... Winner of the last HAMB Drags motor and all around good guy. That hurts to hear.
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    Dam..sorry to hear this..prayers to him and his family
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    Oh man, that's terrible. Godspeed, Flatdog...:(
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    Sorry to hear that..RIP
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    Terrible...Prayers to the family
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    Damn, a real flathead Guru, I loved his blown flatty. Will miss him at the showdown.

    God Rest his Soul

    B:(B
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    Terrible news. Thoughts with the family.....
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    Man, I was not expexting this.............sad news.
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    man.........what a shame!
    last year at hershey i was walking across the bridge and i kept hearing someone yelling my name.......
    it was flatdog..not sure how he recognized me.....only talked for a few minutes but he sure seemed like a great guy and a wealth of knowledge

    Zach
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    Wow. Sorry to hear.

    He will be missed.
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    I'm in shock. What an awesome guy. He's been such a HUGE supporter of my road trips, a great pal. "Lucie" and I are really going to miss him. The Jalopy Showdown this year just won't be the same without him. I'll share a couple of heartwarming stories when I can.:(:(:(
  14. Man,,,,this is a sad news,,,RIP Don,,,prayers for the family. HRP
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    I just got the call, shit this sucks DJ is one hell of a guy, he is a super proud father and I hope Zach is doing ok. Godspeed to the super flatman he will be greatly missed.
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    Man. Nothing but good news lately.
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    that is just horrid news. a true flathead meistro, he will be sorely missed.
    my sincere condolences to his family and friends.
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    Goddamnit... FUCK. Really good guy.
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    Sixcarb, do you know if he ran at Island yesterday?? I'm just hoping he went out after a brilliant ET...
    Zach is his memorial...that kid has a large share of Flatdog's mind, now supercharged with an MIT education. He will be the absolute best at whatever engineering path he takes.
    Denise, I happen to know that you and your cookies were in his top 10...don't know which ranked higher.
    Damn.
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    Really sad news...
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    Prayers out to the family and friends....:(
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    No I was going to hookup with him this week, I spoke to him at the begining of last week though, I'm glad I did that at least.....this sucks I love that guys sharp edges, he has shared a ton of knowledge with me on Flattys and I feel very good about that, I'm just thinking about AB right now to.
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    That sucks... I valued his input greatly...

    But that seems shallow somehow... There are more important things than flatheads.

    Condolences to the family.
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    Sorry, my initial reaction was not the most poised.

    That guy was true and gave me some good advice - always had a pretty funny joke to tell too. "Missed" would be a big understatement.
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    man this is a bad year for deaths.sorry to hear this.
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    Some shoes were made by hand and can never be replicated.
    His shoes can never be filled. :( :( God speed Flatdog!
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    Man. Best wihes for the family. This has been a hard year on some great hotrodders and people in general.
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    goodbye flatdog, you will be missed

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