I learned in San Diego that our long time friend Roy Ehrhardt had passed away two weeks ago. Roy had survived some very close calls with his heart and seemed to be in really good condition the last time I saw him. I was surprised as well as saddened to hear of his passing. I think that Roy did more for the development of pocket watch collecting in America than anyone else in the 20th century. He brought it down to the level of the flea market deal and sleepers that allowed almost anyone to participate. His first price guide was published in 1972 and was followed by Book 2 in 1974 and annual updates (The Indicators) in 76, 77, 78, 79 and 80. These books not only had information on price trends that Roy observed first hand in his travels around the U.S. but they also included wonderful material on early advertizing that had come to Roy from the Parkhursts and other sources. Roy continued his publications in collaboration with Bill Meggers in the "Gold Book," American Pocket Watches Identification and Price Guide Beginning to End ... 1830 - 1980. published in 1987. This was soon followed by the first of the Encyclopedia series Vol 1 covering primarily Waltham but also New York and all its incarnations. The Encyclopedia series continued with the Illinois book and the sightings and price guide to the United States Watch Co. that was intended as a companion to the Muir & Kraus book. Roy was also the publisher of the Townsend books and was instrumental in the publication of the Hampden book by Arnold & Hernick. His reprints and expansions of the serial number lists of many watch companies has been a major resource for collectors and researchers. Roy also served on the NAWCC Council and was always ready to help anyone with research on any subject in horology. I will miss Roy greatly and I know the rest of us will also. My deepest sympathy to Roy's wife Alpha and to Larry and Sherry who are following in their father's footsteps. May his spirit be with them always.