I was a contributor to JDMB, mainly book reviews and letters. Len and June encouraged me in my first tentative steps into mystery fandom, and it's no exaggeration to say that if not for them, my life would have been entirely different, and much poorer. When I heard today that Len had died, I was in shock for a while. I knew that he was ill, but I never even considered that he might not recover. He was still a lively presence in the pages of DAPA-Em, and I suppose I thought he'd be around forever. There's a big hole smack dab in the middle of mystery fandom now, and my heart goes out to June, who has an even bigger hole in her life.
I don't know how many lives Len touched. The number must be huge. I'm glad he touched mine.