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Distributing Dave’s favorite notebooks
Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Editor-In-Chief, The Pennsic Independent

As the clock neared 4 pm, the golf carts began to gather by the fort by the road named for Dave Cooper. Pennsic staff mingled with green-shirted Coopers; Betty Cooper, wearing her baronial coronet, sat in a cart with a photo of Dave. Coffee was set up in the back of one of the carts and distributed to those standing nearby.

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Giving regards to Betty Cooper
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Rice Krispy Treats—Dave’s favorite—were passed among the crowd. Another gentleman had a box full of little notebooks and pencils to distribute as mementoes—a place “to keep track of all the work you need to get done,” and a pencil just the right size. In fact, it may come in handy for reporting stories the rest of this week.
At 4 pm, Viscount Edward, Mayor of Pennsic 45, called for silence. By then, perhaps seventy-five people had gathered—many were those you have seen working so hard to make Pennsic happen for all of us. Those in the midst of the rapier battle on the field took a knee. “In memory of The Dave, we will all now drink coffee, smoke cigarettes, eat Rice Krispy Treats, and then get back to work while the sun is still up—just as he would have wanted it,” he said. After a few minutes of silence and a few sips of coffee, life continued at Cooper’s Lake. Dave may not be here, but he’s far from gone.

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Dave IS here
Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton