October 28, 2014, the animation industry lost another talented man, Larry Lauria. Larry was not only a dear friend but was the first to come along side me and help me get my dream started. We collaborated with Studio Kinate’s first project, Pete’s Odyssey, which went on to win a few festivals and holds a very special place in my heart. One of the last things he said to me, was an encouraging word. “If people tell you that you need to pay your dues, hold your head up and reply, I am paid in full.” I loved his laugh, loved his stories about his wife, family and students. We talked about creating another “episode” for Pete’s Odyssey and who knows, maybe someday I will.