When I bought my first single lens reflex camera in 1967, the first accessory I obtained was Herbert’s “Asahi Pentax Way” which became my photography bible for many years. I religiously followed his monthly columns in Modern Photography and subsequently Popular Photography over some 40 years. One of his pet projects, to design and have manufactured the ideal travel tripod, particularly caught my attention. When it finally came to fruition in 2000 in the form of the Velbon Maxi 343e I obtained one and ended up writing a review on it for my local camera club. I also sent a copy of the review to Herbert at Popular Photography, thinking he may be interested in the feedback but never expecting a reply. I was therefore surprised and delighted to receive quite a long and chatty personal letter from Herbert thanking me for my comments and talking about Australia and his photographic experiences here. A local photographic identity commented to me that it was the signature of a great man that he had responded in such a way.