“Like the big tree that fell last March, the death of a huge human being like Jerry Garcia frees up a huge amount of space. Once there was a tree, now there are seedlings. After the sadness, there will be huge creativity.”
This quote dates a blog post from 1995. Few people have the staying power of Dave Winer, let alone people in the tech industry. (In a tribute I will make this a post without a title. People who know Dave’s work well will get it.)

Later clarification: so far as I know, Dave is alive and well!