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I first met Alanna's father when I was 18 - I will be 56 soon. Everything Alanna shared about her Dad's humanity is true. He has been teacher, mentor, and the greatest friend I have ever known - and there are many other people who feel as I do. His life is a life well lived - and he is made immortal by the contributions he made to others and the way they carry his gentle, wise, and loving influence forward. Alanna shares many of her father's fine traits.