RIP Tony Dean... he was a very dedicated conservationist, and active in much of what was/is happening to preserve the Missouri river and other environmental concerns..
He was a role model for any sportsman, or anyone concerned about preserving the land and water for future recreation and the critters
While I didn't agree with some of his opinions, I supported him as a conservationist
he was pretty "low key" for sure, hahaha... sorta the ying to Gillespie's yang
as far as Gillespie goes, he's a success story that folks may want to look into...took a very gutsy move to start the Water and Woods show. I've been a fan ever since he started...his early shows were VERY local, with local fisherman taking him out on lakes around SE WI...
even though I get a little tired of the shouting and what not, he has found what the SPONSORS want, and that is how you become successful in the land of advertising... fact is, without sponsors and ads, there's no "FREE" tv
John's early association with Lake-Link is how I found this place
He left when the haters constantly whined and lied and beat up on him
I think that hurt lake-Link quite a bit when they were struggling to get this site launched
He came back for a second try, but the haters and whiners drove him off again... and again, I think that was bad for Lake-Link
So I doubt we'll ever see him back, but I believe he was a pretty good part of why Lake-Link grew, in addition to the massive efforts by Steve and Darin, along with their unique maps, etc...
So there's a little background, from my POV, and why I tend to get in the face of the haters and whiners...
legit gripes and opinions, I support that 100%, it's the liars and haters that I can't stand and neither could John...which in turn was bad juju for Lake-Link