March 18, 2011
Widescreen Review Writer Gary Altunian

By Gary Reber

As reported by us last Wednesday, March 16, 2011 we had just learned that Gary Altunian, our good friend and a longtime writer for Widescreen Review, has passed away. He was 59 years old.

Gary was a friend, colleague, and writer for Widescreen Review and other publications over the past eight years.

Gary was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008 and underwent operations. His recovery was proceeding well, but a couple of weeks ago he was admitted to the hospital for stomach problems, which were found to be cancerous. Gary was evidently told there was nothing the doctors could do and was admitted, at his request, to the hospice ward of the hospital, where last Tuesday evening he passed.

Gary for years was associated with Yamaha Electronics as Yamaha's training and development trainer. He left Yamaha in 2003 to pursue his own career as a freelance writer. That is when he became associated as a contributor to Widescreen Review.

Gary contributed a number of product reviews for the magazine; his last being the new SnapAV Episode 900 Series and In-Wall Subwoofer in a 5.1 channel home
theatre configuration, which we published in our March 2011 issue. Gary wrote a number of in-wall loudspeaker reviews for the magazine, due to his efforts to build false walls in his home studio in Temecula for such testing. Gary had a keen sense of hearing and his writing skills were impeccable.

Gary was always enthusiastic and appreciative of the opportunity to contribute to Widescreen Review. Over the years we shared many dinners and events and shared stories about our love for our dogs. He never discussed his illness or complained, ever. It was a shock to us all at WSR to hear the news. None of us had any idea that he was so ill and was fighting cancer.

Gary was one of the really “good” people and always was supportive of others. He was admired and respected by everyone that knew him, or that came into contact with him over his long electronics industry career that spanned over 35 years. We are profoundly saddened by our loss, and our condolences go out to his loved ones.

Rest in peace, Gary, you will be missed by many.

Gary Reber and the Widescreen Review family

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