Notebook.ai's banner is black this week in memory of my incredibly loving and brilliant father, James Brown, who passed away last night after a long struggle with cancer.
His support and encouragement and guidance was instrumental for releasing Notebook.ai originally and growing it with you all this past year. He lived an incredibly full 75 years doing everything from riding bulls in rodeos, backpacking around Europe, serving as a therapist in a prison, milking cows on a farm, serving in the military, to teaching English at Missouri Southern State University. His mom was the first person in his family to attend high school, and he was the first person to attend (and graduate, with multiple Masters degrees and a PhD!) college. In fact, in the 90s he tried to help implement a writing assistance application not too dissimilar from Notebook.ai at the university he was working at; although it didn't take off, he had a lot of valuable feedback and suggestions that helped me from his experience.
He was warm-hearted, passionate, genuine, thoughtful, and an extremely good person, and has shaped and molded me over the years into the man I am now. He was very proud of me, this website, and the success we've all achieved together.
In times like this when we feel powerless, I wanted at least to provide a memorial toward the impact he's had in his life. It's small, but I wanted to join his memory with my passion and the community of other writers here. He will forever be remembered.
1942 - 2018