Frank Scott reports that Free Flight Legend, Bill Warner, went into hospice last week and passed away last evening (12 March 2020). Frank also says “Jeanie wants us to keep encouraging kids!“
Personally, I give Bill a large amount of credit for helping me (indirectly) get into and learn Free Flight. I was picking up Model Builder magazines about the same time he was writing his “Hey Kid…” articles. They helped me tremendously. I didn’t know him personally, but we had a very brief email correspondence a few years ago and I found him to be a very kind and generous person – you could just tell in how he was writing and what he said.
He was a member of the NFFS and FAC Halls of Fame. You can read his AMA biography here: https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/files/WarnerBill.pdf