Tack Nail died on Friday, March 25, 2011. Tack (real name: Dawson B – no period after the B, please) was a – no, THE – consummate journalist on the communications beat. It should not take you long to find obituaries, remembrances, tributes elsewhere, all detailing his extraordinary decades-long career, his unparalleled access to information, his dedication to accuracy, his wry wit, his generosity, his humility. There are plenty out there, and there will doubtless be more. There is neither time nor space enough to recount in one place all the memorable stories that have been and will be told of Tack.

Our primary purpose here is to note his death with sadness, to extend our heartfelt condolences to Tack’s family, and to mourn the loss of someone we counted, with profound gratitude, as a friend.