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"APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« on: June 15, 2013, 05:51:42 AM »
Our RFF family lost a great friend this week. I am so very saddened to say that Apskip died suddenly on Monday June 10.
 
Apskip joined RFF Dec 21, 2006. He was a stickler for accuracy, a passionate traveler, and a true Amazing Race fan. He had a near encyclopedic memory of TAR facts. He quickly became known for his geographical expertise and his "amazing" gift for tracking even the most complicated flight data for TAR detecting. He could always be relied on to drop everything to help us in our searches for the best possible TAR routes and transportation. Many a location was discovered because of his gift for spotting a possible connection between legs. He made an enormous contribution at RFF and his passing will leave a great hole here.
 
Who was the man behind the "Apskip"? Apskip was in real life, Arthur E. Perkins Jr. He graduated from MIT with a BS in Economics, and then from the MIT Sloan School of Management with an MS in Management. He had a long career in Management and had experience in both the restaurant business and the travel industry.
 
He was a well known Reality TV writer and the author of several books. His best known were the 2 Amazing Race books:
"Circumnavigating the Globe: Amazing Race 10 to 14 and Amazing Race Asia 1 to 3" and 
"Circumnavigating the Globe 2: Amazing Race 15-19, Amazing Race Asia 4, Amazing Race Australia: Amazing Race 15 - 19, Amazing Race Asia 4, Amazing Race Australia 1". All are available on Amazon.
 
He was also the author of "Chef Wars: Hell's Kitchen" and "Chef Wars: Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Top Chef-Just Desserts". He did many recaps of Hell's Kitchen and Top Chef and The Apprentice.
 
He was a singer, very active in his church, and a proud husband and father. But to many of us here, he was just our own "Apskip" and his friendship and contributions to RFF will be greatly missed.
 
I know you all join me in extending our most heartfelt sympathy to his wife and children. Please feel free to share your memories here as well!
 
This was taken at Apskip's first TARcon:
 

 
 
 
 
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2013, 05:57:19 AM »
He wrote the 'Circumnavigating...' books? No wonder they sounded familiar! :lol:

Apskip, you and your contributions will be sorely missed. :( RIP.
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2013, 06:01:16 AM »
apskip! :'( You will be sorely missed on RFF, RIP :(
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2013, 06:10:31 AM »
Rest in peace Apskip. I will always think of you when watching the Amazing Race.  :'(

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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2013, 06:11:14 AM »
RIP, apskip. :(
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2013, 06:36:59 AM »
I'm absolutely shocked and stunned. In my time here, he was always among the best contributors around here. His passing will leave a huge hole in RFF.

My deepest condolences go out to Apskip's family.

Rest in peace, Arthur.

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2013, 07:26:48 AM »
As Plaidmoon, I'm shocked and stunned. His contibutions were always (were, I can't believe I'm saying "were" and not "are") so valuable. His departure leave us with a big hole to fill, not only for the detective, but principally for the person.
I've always thought of the RFF as a big family, and last monday we lost one of his members. So, RIP Mr. Arthur E. "Apskip" Perkins Jr.; your other family will miss you a lot.   :(
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2013, 07:29:06 AM »
Condolences to apskip/Arthur's family. His contributions to RFF, with his articulation and accurate analyses, as well as to everything he has done have been and will be appreciated. Outstanding man. :)
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2013, 08:10:23 AM »
My prayers to Arthur's family. You will be greatly missed Apskip ;(
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2013, 08:21:39 AM »
My deepest sympathy for his family and friends. He was a great friend and a great detective and I will truly miss him.
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2013, 08:22:16 AM »
My thoughts are with his family. He will be missed. :( Do we know how he died?

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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2013, 08:33:31 AM »
My thoughts are with his family. He will be missed. :( Do we know how he died?

He died of natural causes. 
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2013, 08:35:35 AM »
Thanks :hrt:

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2013, 08:46:06 AM »
RIP Apskip. :(

He was the best frequent traveler and highly experienced on giving the flight schedule. Condolences through his family.
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2013, 09:11:03 AM »
RIP Apskip  :( :'(
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« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2013, 09:38:07 AM »
Oh my gosh! I honestly can't believe this. He was such a big contributor here and even though I never really interacted with him I always loved reading his posts.

RIP Apskip  :'(
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« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2013, 10:00:41 AM »

 :'(

Apskip, you will be so missed.  I am very sad to say the least.  A big component of the fun dies with you.

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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2013, 10:00:59 AM »
RIP apskip... :'( It's really sad to lose such a big contributor on RFF. :(
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« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2013, 10:26:32 AM »
Life is really a box of surprises; I am sad at this loss :'(

Apskip, with his amazing memory and walking-encyclopedia personality, contributed a lot here in Reality Fan Forum. He was even friendly and hospitable enough to be a judge in my Amazing Race Design Game and he really did give his time for my game. I will continue to thank him for doing that.

You will be missed, Apskip!

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« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2013, 11:23:02 AM »
RIP Apskip. :(
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« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2013, 11:23:15 AM »
And i was rude to him one day...so sorry , apskip...you WILL BE MISSED!  :'( :'( :'(
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2013, 11:45:09 AM »
Apskip really took me under his wing; when he learnt I was entering the aviation business, he took care to train me in his best way possible!

RFF has lost a good friend and a great detective; may you rest in peace!
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« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2013, 12:37:43 PM »
I'm absolutely shocked and stunned. In my time here, he was always among the best contributors around here. His passing will leave a huge hole in RFF.

My deepest condolences go out to Apskip's family.

Rest in peace, Arthur.

Let me just second, or third, what Plaidmoon said. He contributed mightily to the sleuthing we do here, and he had his resources to bring to the table. Speaking for myself, and the schnauzers who have been with me since TAR began to air a dozen years ago, he will be missed, and our condolences to his family and friends both in real life and online.
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2013, 04:03:29 PM »
Wow, this is sad to hear! My condolences to his family and friends.

Apskip was one of the first members I met here at RFF. He regularly took the time out to make a correction when anyone incorrectly stated a fact, and I feel like he remembered everything he had ever read or watched about The Amazing Race. Frequently he would PM me and inform me when I was making an error or when I had a poorly reasoned argument. I admit that I did not usually appreciate this correction, but in hindsight I realize that this was a demonstration of a sincere commitment to factual accuracy. And it was something I needed anyway, given the fact that when I first joined RFF I was rather immature.

I remember when I first read Circumnavigating the Globe. As I read, I recognized the writing style. Soon I concluded that the author could only be apskip! As a result, it is neat to have my intimations confirmed, and to learn more about the man behind the name. It makes me wonder who else joins us here in the relative anonymity of the Internet.

All in all, because of this we are reminded anew that everyone we meet online is a real person, and that it is important to treat everyone with respect.

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2013, 06:04:16 PM »
Let us comfort his family and give back a little of the good times we got from him. For those who believe, let us pray for his family and may he rest in peace. It is absolutely a gigantic loss. From my lurking times, to my years here, he was always such a familiar regular around. May someone let his family know how well he was appreciated by delivering all these messages. He left a footprint the world over, as if he had always raced. There will always be someone in Mexico remembering him. All my love.

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« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2013, 10:44:21 PM »
Rest In Peace, Apskip  :'(
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2013, 12:10:06 AM »
R.I.P. apskip.

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« Reply #27 on: June 16, 2013, 02:05:46 AM »
Life is really a box of surprises; I am sad at this loss :'(

Apskip, with his amazing memory and walking-encyclopedia personality, contributed a lot here in Reality Fan Forum. He was even friendly and hospitable enough to be a judge in my Amazing Race Design Game and he really did give his time for my game. I will continue to thank him for doing that.

You will be missed, Apskip!

Oh my word, I totally forgot about that. :'( The only time I ever really interacted with him was when he critiqued my route design/full race course for TAR Design Challenge 2. I couldn't believe that such an iconic RFF'er was actually taking the time to PM me about my design, and not only that, but he had a lot of very nice things to say! I never knew he wrote those books until now; what a terrible way to find out.

Apskip, even though my beloved Boston Bruins are playing in the Stanley Cup Finals right now, I'm changing my forum profile pic in honor of you. Your immense contributions to RFF will long be remembered.

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2013, 07:17:29 AM »
RIP apskip. I'm sorry for all the wrong things I ever said to you and am glad we tried to rebuild it from scratch successfully thereafter. Your Geographical knowledge never fails to amaze me and I've learnt so much from you just by reading each and your every posts.

My deepest condolences to all the friends and family members and I'm sure he's with the heavenly father now.

Thank you for ever being generous with everything that you got and sharing them with us abundantly.

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« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2013, 07:34:52 AM »
What?! :ascared I've always misunderstood him as 'rude' and disliked him because I thought 'he thinks he knows everything' and I feel very guilty now for ignoring his replies on my posts and being rude to him.
I just realized it now how he was such a very big help to this site and was actually a really good man. (If only I had realized this earlier)
Rest In Peace apskip, you will always be remembered here in RFF. :'(
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« Reply #30 on: June 16, 2013, 08:56:47 AM »
R.I.P.  :'(

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« Reply #31 on: June 16, 2013, 10:05:17 AM »
I remember when I was a contestant of Cocoa's TAR Design Challenge 1 and he was one of the judges. He PMed me and he also gave me a lot of input about designing a leg. The most important thing was, he asked me to pay attention to every little tiny details of each leg I design. Since I had that conversation with him, I gained more confidence in designing a leg and manage to survive each legs until final round..and not long after that, I decided to make my very first TAR game. That's the first and last time I interact with him. He's a really nice guy :)

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« Reply #32 on: June 16, 2013, 10:49:55 AM »
RIP apskip :(

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« Reply #33 on: June 16, 2013, 05:16:06 PM »
Oh my gosh, rest in peace Apskip.

I also got correction PMs too, btw :lol:
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« Reply #34 on: June 16, 2013, 09:01:54 PM »
RIP Apskip... :'(
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« Reply #35 on: June 18, 2013, 07:14:46 AM »
R.I.P. apskip :(

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« Reply #36 on: June 18, 2013, 07:34:58 PM »
 :'( :'( :'( :'( RIP Apskip!

Although I didn't accurately show it, he was secretly always one of my favorite RFF's ever since I started lurking way back during the run up to Season 13...

I always enjoyed his posts, even when some were correcting some errors I had made, or informing me on different facts and trivia about many of the locations. Even when it was something I had already known, I always loved that he took the time to tell me.

Though I'm not, nor will I be, academically trained in geography, I have a deep passion for the subject and I hope to one day be just as knowledgeable about it as he was... what a great man to even model at least part of one's life after...

Apskip, you will be sorely missed by ALL OF US at RFF, even if some of us were a little feisty with you at times (myself included...)

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« Reply #37 on: June 19, 2013, 08:50:02 AM »
Oh my gosh, rest in peace Apskip.

I also got correction PMs too, btw :lol:

I got them as well. :lol:
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« Reply #38 on: June 19, 2013, 09:00:43 AM »
We all did. AND he was usually right. :lol:
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« Reply #39 on: June 19, 2013, 09:08:40 AM »

Rest in Peace Apskip..    :pray:

I adore you very much for your ultimate skills that you contribute during your stay in RFF..

Thanks for becoming one of the judges on TAR Design Challenge who always gave me a bunch of inputs and critics about locations, flights and stuff...

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« Reply #40 on: June 19, 2013, 11:52:55 AM »
Rest in peace, Apskip.

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« Reply #41 on: June 21, 2013, 09:22:24 PM »
RIP Apskip!

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« Reply #42 on: July 01, 2013, 09:54:52 AM »
My first ever private messages on this forum from 2007 were back in TAR 11 when apskip visited Guam and I was trying to be helpful with info for that season but I just failed in so many levels.

RIP apskip! You were an essential part of this community and I'm very sad that you're gone. :(

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« Reply #43 on: July 01, 2013, 10:19:09 AM »
i didn't know this sad news until i read the transportation thread  :ascared

Rest in peace Apskip  :(


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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #44 on: July 16, 2013, 11:38:43 PM »
Very sad that this happened, but it's nice to know we have a part of his wonderful legacy he left behind.

I knew when I first read his book that he definitely wrote it due to his analytical interest and since he used his real name in a pm with me long ago. He definitely has some great stuff he shared with us and I'm glad I was able to know him.

He also had strong beliefs on having information shared in the open, which shows to me his selfless nature for sure.

anyway, thanks for sharing some great moments with us, Arthur, and rest in peace. :)

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« Reply #45 on: July 20, 2013, 04:30:11 PM »
After being almost missing for a month, searching through the entire RFF, I have just spotted this thread. I really had no news about apskip, so I did mot know what was MC's profile reason. Sooooo sad to understand everything.

I remember when I began in RFF I could see him as a mature man with the same illusion we have about tracing the steps of TAR filmings. He spoke with knowledge of what he said, always referencing facts and making us see every single option, how other things happened in the past to see how can they come back in the future. He really was the biggest fan or TAR out there, and it is always a huge reason to miss someone like him. Even though I had not much direct contact with him, I would always appreciate his posts and looked up to him. Rest In Peace.
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Offline Magnus

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #46 on: July 29, 2013, 07:50:23 PM »
You will be missed apskip :'(

As a long time reader of the TAR threads I always loved reading his posts. He was always sure to provide the most accurate information presented in the most professional way.

RIP to the greatest of the Detectives, may future detecting be done in your memory

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #47 on: August 23, 2013, 09:36:18 AM »
I've lurked on this site for many, many, many years.  It took this post for me to actually register.  I always loved reading apskip's posts, as I knew that I could believe them as being the truth.  I will miss his contributions so much, and hope that his family is finding peace in their "new normal" life.

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #48 on: August 23, 2013, 12:39:07 PM »
I've lurked on this site for many, many, many years.  It took this post for me to actually register.  I always loved reading apskip's posts, as I knew that I could believe them as being the truth.  I will miss his contributions so much, and hope that his family is finding peace in their "new normal" life.

Thank you for registering, I know that your post would mean a great deal to him. I am very sure that he would be proud to think he drew you out of lurkdom...and would hope you would stay and join us in the journey.
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #49 on: September 22, 2013, 07:28:29 PM »
Just seeing this now, and so sad to hear! I hope his family find comfort in knowing how well loved and respected he was.

I need to come over here from the Spoiler boards more often.  :(

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #50 on: September 22, 2013, 07:55:46 PM »
As Phil did his MS ride near Morristown this week, I have been thinking so much of Apskip. He planned to be there to cheer the riders on, and hopefully greet Phil.
"Our fans are pretty good. They don't give away too much. Sometimes people love dropping spoilers, but our fans are good. They tend to do it in such a way that doesn't ruin it for fans who don't want to know."--Phil Keoghan

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #51 on: September 23, 2013, 09:25:56 AM »
RIP APSKIP...

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #52 on: September 23, 2013, 12:21:40 PM »
Arther made such a huge impact here and neither we nor he had an inkling that we would miss him so much. Life is short, live it to the fullest possible.

RIP Arthur.
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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #53 on: October 26, 2013, 08:15:20 AM »
I cannot believe I'm just seeing this! I'm shocked.

Rest In Peace apskip. We love you forever and always.  :'( :(

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #54 on: November 13, 2013, 01:47:03 PM »
This is absolutely devastating news, I'm extremely sorry that I didn't know until now.

My deepest condolences to anyone that knew him as family, as a friend or simply as apskip.

Rest in peace. You will not be forgotten.

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Re: "APSKIP" --TAR Detective remembered
« Reply #55 on: November 18, 2013, 07:07:50 AM »
OMG I just saw this

If I recall correctly he replied to my post sometime

RIP!
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