In re Alligator Ed
Hello everyone. You may notice that this post is not written in the same colorful prose that you may be used to. That’s because it is not written by Alligator Ed. I am the real-life brother of Alligator Ed who he referred to in several of his posts. I am very sad to say that Ed passed away on Saturday morning February 6. His death was unexpected and shocking although he had some serious health issues. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on Friday evening and died the next morning. I know that Ed was a controversial figure on this site and had been throw off once after pissing off some people. I just found out that he was allowed back on the site a few days before his death and once again posted in his flamboyant style. I think that the recent unfortunate changes in his attitude on several matters was a result of a brain tumor he was living with. It is ironic that Ed suffered with a brain tumor and died of a cerebral hemorrhage because he was a neurosurgeon. He always had a bent for writing, going back to grammar school. As a child he was a brilliant student, an avid reader (especially history and science fiction), a sandlot baseball player and a Cubs fan. He spent two years with the Public Health Service during the Vietnam War working on an Indian reservation providing medical services to the poor and infirm. After that he set up a practice in a small town on the Central Coast of California that was in need of a neurosurgeon. He helped hundreds of patients get relief from sever pain, most often in their head and backs. He also became an accomplished expert witness for plaintiffs suing hospitals and doctors for malpractice when no other doctors would testify against the established medical community. The combative part of his personality that pissed off some people on this site allowed him to successfully take on the established elite in the medical community. He always despised the elite and favored the underdog. (Hence, a Cubs fan) So don’t think of him too harshly because he may have had the manners of a swamp creature. He had a big heart and will be greatly missed. I hope I posted a not so recent picture of Ed coming out of the sea.