Date: 1/29/19 10:34 am
From: scbirder (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Bill Thompson III, Editor of Bird Watcher's Digest
Thanks for the positive and hope-filled  word, Steve.   This community of birders has positive influences from all over the world.

Steve Patterson Anderson, SC

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-------- Original message --------From: Stephen McInnis <steve.mcinnis...> Date: 1/29/19 11:41 AM (GMT-05:00) To: Carolina Bird Club <carolinabirds...> Subject: Bill Thompson III, Editor of Bird Watcher's Digest

In “This Birding Life” podcast episode 88 (of January 17, 2019), Bill Thompson bravely shares his sad news of being diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer on December 16, 2018.  In an effort to reduce the size of the tumor, Bill is currently undergoing 3 months of chemotherapy.

He is the editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest, a quarterly magazine which his family started in 1978.  His podcast “This Birding Life” has issued 88 episodes over the past ten (10) years.  Bill is also an author of several books on birds.   He recently helped Ben Lizdas (former sales manager at Eagle Optics) launch Redstart Birding Optics.  He is married to Julie Zickefoose, who is a bird artist, author and frequent guest on NPR.

Bill is a big man with a big personality.  Meeting Bill is a cherished moment, as cherished as some of my best life birds.

Let’s say a prayer for Bill and hope for the best with his treatments.

Steve McInnis
Columbia, SC

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