We invited TSC readers to share their memories of Jim Seymour, and the response was overwhelming. Here are some of the many tributes we received.
After reading the notes of condolence to Jim Seymour's family, I felt more even more compelled to write. I recently wrote a note to him -- the first time I had ever done so -- in response to an article he wrote about how some new significant technology development is needed for that part of the market to ascend. I told him of my interest in tablet PCs, and I expected a brief reply, if any. Instead, Mr. Seymour wrote back as if I were an old friend, complimenting me on my "great note!" He described his experience with a prototype tablet PC and gave me a concise and informative opinion. Even more, he invited me to keep in touch with him about my experiences with the computer after had used it for a time.
It may have taken Mr. Seymour maybe a minute to write what he did, but that he did so was impressive to me nonetheless. I feel sad that I won't be able to keep in touch with this man. After revisiting his writings, especially the ones about his trip with his son and the New Year's 2001 post, it is clear that this was a man who had a lot to give but also took time to give it.
While we readers can't approach the degree of sorrow his family must feel, I hope they can take some condolence in knowing how many appreciated his warmth and generosity.
I've just read through the wealth of tributes and memories of Jim Seymour. Although saddened when I read of our loss, I had not planned to send a message but now feel moved to do so. There is a common theme that runs through all of the messages: inspiration. Jim obviously touched the lives of all who met him or read him, myself included. Perhaps the greatest legacy of his integrity and intelligence is the strength of humanity that he imparted on so many individuals such that he lives on in all of us who were lucky enough to come into contact with him. Respect, love and my condolences to his family.
-- Chris Thomson
I was always drawn to his completely gentle and common-sense approach.
My husband and I do a "Portfolio Review" on a monthly basis. We discuss all of our positions and how we feel about them and what our plan is for the long range, the medium range and the short range. Understanding, compromise and agreement come into play.
At the back of the book that I use, I have an assortment of "Words of Wisdom" that have appealed to me for one reason or another. One of the longest tidbits is a column that Jim posted in June 2000: " Dad's Rules: Good Old Common Sense for New Economy Investing." He obviously had many happy memories and a special relationship with his father, and I am sure he will be remembered in the same loving way by his family and his many friends.
With sincere sympathy at a most difficult time.
-- Judy Harris
I never met Mr. Seymour in person. I only saw him on TV, and of course I read, enjoyed and either profited from or lost less money (most of the time) from his columns. I felt a bit of more of a connection to him because we live in the same city. If I ever ran into him in public, I planned to have a few polite words with him to convey that I enjoyed his work. I understand that a reader/fan doesn't have the same connection to somebody as a loved one or true friend. But I was saddened to hear of Jim's passing and figured it couldn't hurt to put my thoughts in among the many folks who'll miss his posts. He seemed like a decent honorable man, and I'm sorry I didn't get to meet him in person. And above all, I wish his wife and child well.
-- Don K. Bartos
In the past, I have had several email conversations with Jim. While the 2000-present tech market is something that hit us all like a sledgehammer and left most of us no longer enjoying the articles written on this industry, Jim made these miserable times tolerable. Yes, he was, as most of us were, often incorrect on the movement of this market, but his writings were informative and enjoyable to read. Most of all, I would like to thank Jim for him personally responding to all of my emails, not with pre-written standard replies. This reflects a professional class that is rarely displayed in business today. He will be missed.
-- Andy Smith
I have read every single article Jim wrote for TheStreet.com and learned not only what he wrote, but how to think. Jim was a perfect intellectual and a gentleman. He always responded to email messages, showing us that he valued the interaction. The only mail he didn't respond to was one I sent a couple of weeks ago. Knowing Jim, if Heaven is hooked up to the Internet, he would send a thoughtful response.
My heart goes out to Nora and Graham.
-- Krishna Nareddy
Not many people would believe that Jim Seymour was an avid drummer, but it is certainly true. He was a lifelong musician and extraordinarily talented at it! He and I shared a love for vintage Gretsch, and modern DrumWorkshop drumsets. Jim was busy trying to "invent" a new and improved tom-tom mounting system for the 40-year-old Gretsch drumsets. We spoke about it and brainstormed, but never had "time" to get it done. Jim, the Good Lord willing, I'll pick up the project and finish it in your honor!
I never missed a Seymour post, whether article or in Columnist Conversation. I've never been able to quit investing in technology and Jim's insight helped keep me out of trouble in these troubling times.
I don't ever remember getting an 'automated' response to my emails to Jim. He always answered with a personal note. I wish I'd made time to drive down the freeway to meet him; he was just an hour away. He's going to be missed. My sympathies and prayers go out to his family for their loss.
-- Russ Miller
When I first subscribed to RealMoney, I remember the delight when I first realized Jim Seymour was a columnist. The Jim Seymour? The guy I read religiously in PC Mag in the early days when I first started as a programmer in the computer biz? That guy who you could just tell was really smart from his writing and knew all the good stuff coming down the pike? Hardware and software. Never missed a column.
And even after I left the computer world for the financial world, whenever I saw a copy of PC Magazine, I would flip to the Seymour column.
And then one day, there he was in front of me on RealMoney. Like an old friend from the computer world joining me.
And of course, his columns were everything I expected and more because, like me, he straddled both worlds. Tech enough and financial enough. And having read him for forever, I knew better than to fade any recommendation he made.
Much to my delight, he even responded to my emails. And my heart just sank when I saw David Morrow's announcement on Wednesday. Rest in peace, Mr. Seymour. May God care for your family and may readers of RealMoney be fortunate enough to read another columnist of your caliber.
Jim Seymour, what a fine gentleman! I am deeply saddened by his passing and send my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and the site. Such a loss!
I read everything Jim posted on the site. He wrote about the most complicated subjects in a way that even I could understand them. He helped me understand so much -- CDMA, Bluetooth technology, G1, G2, G2-1/2, G3, laptops, wireless technology, internet speeds and availability, "dead" spots, etc. When my husband mused about what kind of laptop computertechnology to buy, and what to look for in wireless handhelds, I told him, "Read Jim Seymour."
But there's more. Jim wrote so wonderfully in an article about his vacation trip with his son -- was he prescient? When I sent good thoughts and wishes to him because he mentioned that he was about to spend a couple of days in the hospital with his wife, who was undergoing some tests, he wrote a nice note back to me. He complimented me on my choice of employers, said that it was a fine firm and he knew several of my attorneys. He connected on a personal as well as professional level.
On Sept. 11, 2001, by a strange twist in my schedule and a tale too long to relate, it was Jim's post to the CC that first told me what had happened in New York... that the first Tower had fallen and the second was burning furiously.
I am sorry we never got to meet Jim -- we live only 200 miles away and we always thought about saying "hello" when we visited Austin. Of course, we never did get in touch -- too shy, I guess. We shall all miss him.
-- Carolyn Bova
I knew Jim only through his writing on TheStreet.com. There I got an occassional glimpse of the real man --stopping work to care for his wife after an accident, taking a road trip with his son and taking the time to make quick, eloquent posts to the site on Sept. 11.
Jim wrote intelligently about complex subjects and the little personal details that emerged made that writing feel truly genuine. He took care in his writing. He took care in seeing that his readers understood his point. He took care.
I never met Jim, but I trusted him and I will truly miss his voice.
-- Kevin Scott,
Falls Church, Va.
Though a longtime reader of Jim's columns, I've exchanged just two or three emails with him over the years. Most often I would have some bonehead question about the technology companies or issues he wrote about so clearly. In each case, Jim had a response that was concise, helpful and unfailingly funny. To make the tech beat comprehensible to a layman is hard enough. But to be smart and witty enough to find humor in the sector over these past couple of years was a real gift. It was his humor and perspective that made me look forward to reading Jim. And it will be what I miss most. It must have been something to know him in everyday life. My deepest sympathies to Jim's wife and family.
-- Lawrence Stout
Jim was certainly a thoughtful guy who shared his ideas -- being careful to express them with candor and integrity -- but that can be said about many. What I particularly appreciated about Jim was his generosity of spirit. He was truly open to debate and disagreement. He never hesitated to spare me time if engaged in a serious discussion. He once inspired me to write something that was immediately published. The credit was all his. I regret not sharing that with him now. I'll sincerely miss him, because he was so easy to engage, so quick to bring an agile mind to bear. I had come to think of Jim as a distant friend, although we never once met in person.
-- Brandon Musler
I sent you an email asking your view on some portable electronics convergence issue. I haven't heard back from you yet. I know I'm not some important writer or industry luminary, just an RM reader and individual investor trying to get ahead. You've always responded in one or two days to my emails before. Your messages gave your views, which were clear and thought out, never condescending or wordy. And they carried the same straightforward tone of voice of your published articles. I always appreciated that I personally got the same high-level technical consideration as you gave your articles. We didn't always agree.
I just found out you're not going to be answering my emails anymore. I'll miss your articles on life, technology and investing, and also our occasional email exchanges. As for those last issues I wanted your views on, I don't remember what they were. It doesn't seem so important now. Thanks for everything.
-- Al Hartman
Palo Alto, CA
Sometime in late 1999 or very early 2000, Jim posted a piece on TSC warning that sales of telecom equipment would slow down sharply in 2000. I believe he was the first in any medium to break this story and raise a red flag. In hindsight, it was the most prescient and single most valuable piece of information ever posted about the entire tech/telco bubble. I regret dearly that I didn't pay attention to him. Of all the fine RealMoney/TSC journalists/commentators, I always read Jim first whenever I saw his byline posted, for his unique insights and always spot-on commentary. I didn't know him personally, but I do know that he was a real pro and, I suspect, a real gentleman. Warmest regards to his family. The rest of us will miss him, too.
-- Jack Scarborough
Most readers know Jim Seymour as the technology columnist. However, the column that he wrote and that I will remember him for was an article that he posted on Jan. 1, 2001. Unlike the technology columns, this article is perhaps more appropriate today than the day it was written. He asked his readers, no matter how brutalized they were by the market, to look at their lives and realize how blessed they have been. He told them it was time for them to give back to the community ... not money but some of their time. He then went on to relate a story about a friend of his who had a substance abuse problem. Jim talked about attending some N.A. meetings with him and of the profound effect it had on him.
For myself, who has suffered briefly from substance abuse, this was very powerful. I copied the article and read it every week, bringing it out in difficult times. I took it and read it at many N.A. meetings. As fate would have it, I lost the article a few months ago and emailed Jim, telling him how far his email had traveled and how long it had lived. He responded by sending me a copy and telling me how great it was to receive an email like this (Sept. 17). I am thankful that he was able to know that his message touched so many people and is still being read today. Condolences to Jim's family.
Jim and I exchanged emails on several occasions about XM Radio, since we were both early subscribers. He was a big devotee of the product, although not as keen on the stock. He told me how very cool the sound was in his own Lexus SUV with the special speakers that were installed. I was struck then about how remarkably "normal" he was ... not so full of himself, that he would respond to me and share such personal information. I will not be able to turn on my XM Radio without thinking of him.
I was shocked yesterday morning at the news of Jim's passing, just as shocked as I was by the loss of Bill Meehan. These gentlemen were in my home every day. They each taught me different things, every now and then. Jim will be missed, as is Bill.
Thank you for the opportunity to share in the loss. TSC and RM reach out and touch lives in ways you'll never know. Thanks for your work.
-- Kathie Tiedeman
I didn't know Jim personally but I felt like I did. I've been reading his views dating way back to the early 1980s in PC Week, then in PC Magazine and here on TheStreet.com. Jim was always a voice of sanity in what we all know can be an insane technology marketplace. I learned to respect and value his insights and opinions deeply. I exchanged email with Jim on only one or two occasions and was always warmed by receiving his response; he seemed like a real person. God bless Jim and his family.
-- Andy Nilssen
To the Staff of RealMoney,
I view the contributors to RealMoney as generally the best and brightest, and Jim certainly was one of that group. His commentary on electronic technical matters was always of interest. However, he alone on the site dared to take on the task of categorizing fuel cell technologies and maintaining commentary while the future of this group was still subject to the value-inflating extremes of the recent market bubble.
Having spent 20+ years working in fuel cell and related battery technologies, I was impressed by his capacity to get a correct handle on the various types and their relative prospects in a brief column. His tendency toward caution, when his information had to come from sources that would have to be biased toward optimistic, indicated a professionalism that would allow me to trust and gauge his comment on matters I knew nothing about. His absence will be a loss.
My sympathy and best wishes to his family.
-- Harry Bjorkman
After he wrote an excellent piece on burgeoning debt sometime in 2000, I emailed him to thank him for the piece. He wrote back with a gentlemanly response that reminded me of some of the nicest mentors that I have ever met. The sincere feeling leapt off the page. I can only imagine what a great person he was, if he touched me this way in such a short email. May his soul rest in peace.
-- Rob Hamill
Jim's series on DSL about two years ago prompted me to write him about my experiences with it. His engaged and personal response encouraged me to keep writing. I'll bet his straightforward and friendly engagement was one of the ways he was able to get it so right so often. I'll miss him.
-- Jason Mundstuk
I just wanted to express my sympathy to both Jim Seymour's family and TheStreet.com. If Jim had a column, I read it -- and held the highest respect for his thoughts and opinions. Jim seemed like one of the really nice guys, and, while I never knew him, I almost felt like I did. I will miss him very much. My sympathies go out to you all.
-- Judy Chaffee
I was saddened to learn of Jim Seymour's passing on TheStreet.com. His perceptive commentaries were always welcome. I feel his thoughts particularly resounded in PC publications, where I have read his material with interest for years.
On one occasion, I emailed Jim with comments on one of his articles, and he responded very quickly and positively. I don't remember most columnists by name, but I feel as though I know Jim well and have always thought of him as a friend. He will be missed.
-- Norm Chester
Thank you, Jim, for the years and years of wonderful commentary on the technology revolution. You were one of the first columnists I read over 10 years ago and still enjoyed your insightful commentary. I will miss you.
-- Michael Arkfeld
As one of the original subscribers of TheStreet.com and, later, RealMoney, I read most of your writers from time to time, but read what I considered "the varsity" all of the time. Seymour, along with Greenberg, Meehan, Meisler and Cramer, were my varsity.
Living in the Silicon Valley, I have read many, many business columnists and authors. I learned more from Jim Seymour about what was going on around me and the companies my neighbors worked for as I practiced law. He will truly be irreplaceable and, I am certain, missed by your readers, staff and organization.
-- Todd Roberts
Menlo Park, Calif.
My condolences on the loss of your friend and colleague Jim Seymour. Although I didn't know him personally, he was one of my two or three favorite writers at RealMoney.com. His insight into tech stocks was usually correct and often added perspectives that I found nowhere else. Beyond that, his humanity would shine through his writing. After the great years of 1998 and 1999, he would remind readers to give something back through charitable donations, through gifts of time as well as money. Jim was what my family would call a real mensch. We readers will miss him, although not nearly as much as, I'm sure, his family and friends will.
I was greatly saddened to learn of Jim Seymour's passing Tuesday evening. I feel Jim's death was a loss for all of us. For years, but for me especially during these unsettling and somber times, his unique insight, skill and humor have been invaluable and widely respected.
In my humble opinion, he is, quite simply, irreplaceable. I pray these truths go some way toward comforting his family during this difficult time, and I'm sorry for the rest of us who must somehow continue to slog through the tech morass without his guidance and wisdom.
-- Joe Dittmar
I know it may seem trivial in relation to the rest of his contributions, but I remember that on Sept. 11 Jim was one of the only people to keep posting about events on the site. It was truly beneficial and courageous -- and a side of him most readers never experienced. Condolences to his family.
-- Rick March
I have been a subscriber and a fan of TSC almost from the very beginning of your enterprise. Over these past few years, I have developed a particular fondness for and trust in certain of your contributors. Foremost among them were Bill Meehan and Jim Seymour. I am heartsick that now Jim has left us. It was clear to me that Jim represented the very best in journalism: An incisive mind, absolute integrity and an unambiguous way of communicating. Please convey my condolences to Jim's family. Although we never met face to face, I felt he was a friend. I shall miss him and the manifest humanity he expressed through his work.
-- Rael Gleitsman
I never read anyone who had the ability to bring such clarity and insight to tech. The more it sank into the morass it has become, the more I depended on Jim to help sort it out. The reason I depended on him so much was that I trusted him, which is a hard quality to project across a printed page. Not only that, but he was always so unfailingly courteous in answering emails. I missed him the past few days and kept looking up his past columns to make sure I hadn't missed anything. He will really leave a void. We all share a portion of his family's grief.
-- Jim Vergas
When I first got out of college with a computer science degree in the late '80s, I started reading a lot of PC magazines. There was one writer I kept seeing pop up in some of these mags: Jim Seymour. I truly enjoyed reading his articles. They were always informative and entertaining. I could always be assured a good read when I would see a picture of Jim's smiling face at the top of the article.
A few years ago, I started reading TheStreet.com on the advice of a friend. It was a great site, and I enjoyed it. I signed up for RealMoney.com. Then lo and behold, I see Jim's smiling face. I enjoyed reading his article and insights now more than ever. I will surely miss him.
-- Ray Petrilli
Jim truly "told it like it is." I will never forget Carly Fiorina's reaction, after a small analyst meeting here in Minneapolis, when I handed her a copy of an article Jim had just written, indicating that she had an uphill battle to get the Compaq merger approved. After quickly reading the article, she said: "Who's Jim Seymour?"
I suggested that she probably needed to find out because he seemed to have the pulse of her business. She shrugged her shoulders and handed the article to her PR guy. I wondered later if she remembered that article, which called her problems very early in the game.
We are going to miss Jim Seymour.
-- Jack Falker
My contact with Jim dates back to the early days of PC Magazine, when I was stockpiling parts to build my first XT clone, a raging 4.77 megahertz monster with a mammoth 10 meg hard drive. The articles by Jim, John Dvorak and the other writers gave me the confidence to enter the digital world. When the ads multiplied to 20X the information, my subscription lapsed, but I reconnected with Jim's work as a subscriber to RealMoney. Again, I had the pleasure of his insight and style. I contacted him on occasion about a piece and always received a courteous reply.
I think this interaction with writers such as Jim in the new electronic formats engenders a psychic investment that wasn't so pronounced in the days of print communication. Perhaps someday, the family will be able to email us all a little part of their grief so that we may help them with their loss. We'll miss you, Jim.
-- Charles Allgood
I'm glad the big fella was able to take that cross-country trip with his son two summers ago. I exchanged email with him several times. He seemed like a great person. Hopefully the lessons his dad taught him, that he passed on to his son, will help his son going forward. God bless his soul and his family.
-- Eric S. Bleicher
A memory of a clear reporter on the issues that confounded us all! Thanks for the insights that helped us understand! You left too soon. Someone can do your work, but no man will replace you as a good human being, father and husband. Go with God.
-- Dale and Sally
As an ordinary investor, it is just about impossible to digest all of the financial information available today, which is why I chose to subscribe to The Street.com several years ago.
Even there, one needs to be selective because of the volume of information. I remember Cramer saying a few years back, "If you read only one analyst, read Jim Seymour." I took that advice and benefited greatly from his wonderful writing style, his market wisdom and his superb insights. Best of all, he helped me avoid some losses and pick up some profits. I, for one, will miss him greatly. God bless Jim and his family.
-- Bob Yellin
To Jim's family,
I never met your Jim, and yet he touched my life profoundly. In following Jim's work, he so clearly had a deep love of his family and a clear understanding of the more important things in life. His writing reflected this. As I live near Microsoft, we traded email on the company over a number of years, and our correspondence often talked about our family. I have two sons of my own.
Jim helped me to realize that one can be financially savvy, and also use their power to make the world a better place. He did this by always taking the time to remind readers of these important things in life -- you. My brother, Bill, was only 42 when he passed away, and he left behind two sons that were 8 and 11 at the time. Though it may feel like small solace in your grief, Bill lives through us and in our hearts, and we continue to be better people because of him. The world is a far better place for having had Jim Seymour a part of it. Thank you for sharing your husband, your father, with the rest of us. I keep you in my heart and prayers.
I have been reading Jim Seymour since his early days at PC Magazine through his tenure at TSC.
He wrote with great intelligence, insight and integrity. Never took the low road, always had a smile, but stood behind his reasonable opinions.
In a time where personal attacks, deception and hidden agendas abound, his forthright, honest, well-constructed thoughts, delivered with integrity and humor, will be missed.
Goodbye, Jim, good to have known you.
-- Tom Vayda
My heart goes out to the Seymour family. Mr. Seymour was a very learned man. This is not only your loss, but the whole investment community's loss. I trade for a living and I learned a lot from him.
May the Almighty bestow peace upon you all and give you strength to bear this great loss.
A brief note to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Seymour family.
Jim Seymour was such an admirable man. As readers, we will remember his polite and gentle wit and charm, as well as his insightful analysis. My condolences and prayers for you at this difficult time.
-- Deborah A. Ouellette