On January 3rd of 2001 Jeremy Hawkins passed away. I did not know him but was very familiar with his work as an artist and blogger. Hawkins was a force behind the scenes at the A to Z Challenge. He provided the graphics for the site and for the challenge itself including designing the t-shirts. I never bought a shirt before this year but am so glad that I did. I wear it all the time and get lots of questions about it.
2016 was my big year for the a to z challenge. I endeavored to do the challenge simultaneously on 3 of my blogs. At my sports blog I did A to Z Cubs Home Run leaders and at my vlog I did a to z you tube videos and at whatever my flagship I did A to Z superheroes. I don't believe I finished any of the challenges that year, (I came very close in some) so I didn't order a shirt that year or get one of these lovely mugs that Jeremy designed.
2016 was also the last year that Jeremy participated in the challenge from his blog. His theme was print advertising and I remember looking through it as it came out. Click here to see his entries from that year. The 2022 a to z Challenge and all subsequent endeavors will not be the same without Jeremy's contributions. But as we reflect on Jeremy's input and for those who knew him his life, his impact will go on because of the work and memories he lefy behind.