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  • RIP bansaisequoia

    I found this on my home page on facebook this morning. I don't know if it will come out here: Karen Kartheiser is with Joseph Kartheiser.

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    Rest in peace. 11/17/61 - 9/24/19

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  • #2
    This is so sad.
    I have been looking for a death notice and have found nothing. But I found this obituary, which seems to be for his mother, who died at age 83 less than one month earlier.

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    • #3
      What a sad, sad time for the family.

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      • #4
        It is very sad...I have known Joseph for many years, since we first started on cryptograms. He had such a great sense of humor and wit. He had so many great stories to tell. He was a gifted musician. He was originally from the town where I was living and we met once in 2008 to go to his college reunion. It was an honor knowing him. We lost contact over the last 5 years and I feel so bad, that we did not get a chance to talk again. I also tried to find what I could and the only thing I could find was that his mom died about a month before. His dad still lives near Milwaukee. RIP Joseph.

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        • #5
          It is really nice to hear that you met him, Digirl28. That must have been a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your memories.

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          • #6
            Digirl28, I recall Joseph a.k.a. bansai mentioning in a quote comment that you were his date for his college reunion back in Wisconsin. That was actually one of my favorite bansai comments because it was clearly so warm.

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            • #7
              Yes, I read several comments where he was counting down the time until you went to his reunion. He also mentioned it afterwards.
              He mentioned you quite often and Kat too.

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              • #8
                How very sad. I've only been playing cryptograms for a short while and don't know anyone, like others do. I always enjoyd Bansai's witty comments and noticed his amazing scores. My condolences to all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

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                • #9
                  before i found this website i thought that i was a very good player. then i found out what truly great players were. bansai's skills were on another plane. his speed records will stand forever RIP to an unmatched talent

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                  • #10
                    I've become a pretty decent player with high solve rates and very fast times. Including sub 10s. But my personal favorite accomplishment was last year when, for the first and only time, I broke a bansaisequoia record. You gotta admire a legend like him.

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                    • #11
                      Back in 2010, I was new to Cryptograms and the Internet was a strange new place to me. BansaiSequioa talked to me on the Cryptograms forum back then. I felt he was very well read and a kind man too. Then, later on I found out he was a top-notch Cryptogram solver too.

                      RIP BansaiSequioa aka Joseph Kartheiser

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                      • #12
                        Very sad to lose Bansai, he epitomized our cryptogram community.

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                        • #13
                          Ouch! So young, too! He was The Best.

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                          • #14
                            The website feels different without bansai. I remember when I first started his records would provide so much motivation for me to improve. Rest in peace.

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                            • #15
                              I only overlapped with bansai for a short time, but of course I saw his records everywhere, and read his comments, which I loved. His video on this forum, where he set several records while muttering that no one could set so many records, was a classic. I'd noticed he was gone for a while, and hoped he was ok. This is very sad news.

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