His shop, Comic Relief in Berkeley, is one of the best in the country. Rory got me into comics when I was a kid and went to his previous shop, The Best of Two Worlds on Telegraph Ave.. Comics kept me away from other things going on on Telegraph. He taught me a lot about customer service. He was good at it; I've been going to his shop every week because of it. An example from early on in the 80's: I was a broke kid and was ogling a Jon Sable keychain. But I had already spent all my money on comics. Rory could tell I really wanted it, so he said "Take it, it's a gift". I still have it. I'll miss seeing him.
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One of the Good Guys of the industry. When a bunch of us East Coast store owners were trying to form our first trade group,Rory spent hours tele-conferencing with us on his experiances with the Bay Area group that preceded us. When we had our first trade show,he and Mike Smith(sp?) flew in to support us on their own dime. He also was instrumental in the store owners suit against Marvel back when it was its own distributor and had collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for books that hadn't shipped. Rest in peace,you old hippie. You earned it.
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