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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
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,205

    Bruce Lancaster

    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.
  2. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,714

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Oh man... Winner of the last HAMB Drags motor and all around good guy. That hurts to hear.
  3. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,431

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    Dam..sorry to hear this..prayers to him and his family
  4. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,486


    Oh man, that's terrible. Godspeed, Flatdog...:(
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  5. k-member
    Joined: May 25, 2002
    Posts: 2,116


    Sorry to hear that..RIP
  6. lucky_1974
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 1,061


    Terrible...Prayers to the family
  7. Bob K
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,767

    Bob K
    from Antigo Wi.

    Damn, a real flathead Guru, I loved his blown flatty. Will miss him at the showdown.

    God Rest his Soul

  8. 29 sedanman
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,282

    29 sedanman
    from Indy

    Terrible news. Thoughts with the family.....
  9. Man, I was not expexting this.............sad news.
  10. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,075


    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

  11. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 3,974

    from Chester NH

    Wow. Sorry to hear.

    He will be missed.
  12. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,733


    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.:(:(:(
  13. Man,,,,this is a sad news,,,RIP Don,,,prayers for the family. HRP
  14. Sixcarb
    Joined: Mar 5, 2004
    Posts: 1,497

    from North NJ

    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.
  15. Danimal
    Joined: Apr 23, 2006
    Posts: 4,103


    Man. Nothing but good news lately.
  16. plan9
    Joined: Jun 3, 2003
    Posts: 3,846


    that is just horrid news. a true flathead meistro, he will be sorely missed.
    my sincere condolences to his family and friends.
  17. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,366

    Kevin Lee
    Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Goddamnit... FUCK. Really good guy.
  18. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,205

    Bruce Lancaster

    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.
  19. Thirdyfivepickup
    Joined: Nov 5, 2002
    Posts: 6,084


  20. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
    Posts: 6,121

    general gow
    Staff Member

  21. BigO
    Joined: Jun 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,217


    Really sad news...
  22. Topless Ford
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 560

    Topless Ford

    Prayers out to the family and friends....:(
  23. Sixcarb
    Joined: Mar 5, 2004
    Posts: 1,497

    from North NJ

    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.
  24. Kilroy
    Joined: Aug 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,193

    from Austin, TX

    That sucks... I valued his input greatly...

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

    Condolences to the family.
  25. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,366

    Kevin Lee
    Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    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.
  26. rodknocker
    Joined: Jan 31, 2006
    Posts: 2,263


    man this is a bad year for deaths.sorry to hear this.
  27. Some shoes were made by hand and can never be replicated.
    His shoes can never be filled. :( :( God speed Flatdog!
  28. Gigantor
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,805


    Man. Best wihes for the family. This has been a hard year on some great hotrodders and people in general.
  29. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 13,608


    goodbye flatdog, you will be missed

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