Rest in Peace, Madmac41…

There are posts you never want to make.  This is one of those.  In fact it’s probably the hardest post I’ve ever had to make. 

Yesterday, I learned that Scott “Madmac41” McAllister passed away.  He was a long-time member of the Joe Community, a long-time member of JBL’s staff, and, most importantly, he was one of my oldest friends.  In many ways, the word “friend” doesn’t really cut it– he was like a brother to me.

Scott McAllister at Joe Con 2018.

The G.I. Joe community was a different place when I first met Scott just shy of 20 years ago.  Back then, the online Joe world was limited to a select few websites and their online forums.  Each of those sites became its own community and they were as unique as the individuals that comprised them.  It was at a local meet-up of the now-defunct “Chicago Coil” that I first encountered one of the best friends I’ve ever had.  Sitting in Sam Damon’s living room I found myself face-to-face with this older bearded biker with a pronounced Kentucky drawl.  I was the admin of JBL and he was a staunch advocate of a different online community.  I still remember him looking me in the eye with a lot of skepticism and saying “Who the Hell are you?”

Apparently he liked my answer because at the end of the day I left Chicago with a good friend.  Continue reading

Happy Birthday MadMac41!

We interrupt this G.I. Joe website for some late-breaking news!  Long-time JBL staffer Scott “Madmac41” McAllister has turned another year older today.  I know that, given his “advanced age” many of you reading this didn’t think that was possible but stranger things have happened!

Madmac41 birthday

Feel free to click on the image above and throw some birthday wishes up on his Facbook page!

For those of you who don’t know Madmac41 he’s a long-time G.I. Joe fan who I’ve known for FAR too long!  When I stepped away from JBL for a time back in 2008 on a self-imposed sabbatical, he kept the fires stoked around this dusty site.  In addition, he’s an amazing customizer with an incredible eye for parts as well as a true friend.

Again, feel free to drop him some birthday wishes in the comments below or head on over to his Facebook wall and fill it with pictures of Outback!

We now return you to your regularly scheduled G.I. Joe website.