I became familiar with Theo from the early days of my involvement in Bulletin Boards as Theo was a regular contributor to the Paragon Bulletin Board (run by Jennifer Allen) 1988 +. We shared a great deal by way of interchange in the non networked local Discussion Boards of the now defunct Paragon Bulletin Board System (TBBS - The Bread Board System).
I met Theo a number of times - the first being at a "meet" in this area (Mt. Druitt - St. Marys - Werrington ) held by Paragon BBS contributor Margaret G.
I visited his "farm" in the back of the beyond which had no electricity, no water and no amenities whatsoever and recall a state of panic as his motor vehicle's tyre (tire) punctured as we entered the "farm" - not even marked as being in or near a town. (Eventually someone trecked several miles to hopefully find someone with a telephone) and we were rescued. Theo permitted me to fire a rifle into some old rusty Volkswagens - something he liked to do.
He was a contributor to "other nets" including Shaz's Katnet (www.soxkat.com) and Sandra Shaw's "ArcherNet" which "evolved" into a "do it yourself mailing list) and then into the Archer Yahoo Group run by Ron Naylon http://members.ozemail.com.au/~ronaylon/index.html
- Ron's page which points to the Archer list.
I would say we possibly explored many ideas and quite a few "situations" over the period from 1990 to 2006 when we more or less "lost contact". Theo wasn't well and had been in hospital some years earlier.
I emailed Ron this morning and also brought up my archives and phoned him as I wasn't certain he was still "up and running".
As I understand it Theo was talking with his sister yesterday and simply "went".
As I told Ron this morning "Ron mate..I ain't going !" and warned him against talking with his sister only to learn Ron was safe as he doesn't have a sister. Neither do I come to that (sigh).