RamblingRebel, on 10 December 2012 - 07:49 AM, said:
Me and a friend were lucky enough to have a private 'lecture' on a couple of occasions by the great Sir Patrick over the phone.
We were out at around 2-3am one morning with his 10" or 12" telescope checking the skies out, admittedly we had had a skinful that night as it was a weekend and had been in the pub earlier.
Anyway my mate decides to phone the big man up in the middle of the night. We figured he's an astronomer, of course he will be up looking at the sky, and sure enough he answered his phone and remembered my friend by name from a previous conversation they had in person a month or so before. (when he gave him his number)
The gentleman was a true legend. How many people would give out their private number to a complete stranger in his early 20's and tell him it is OK to call him anytime if he needs any help.
He was incredibly helpful, and went way beyond our initial questions. He came across as a really decent bloke, asked us how we were and what had we been observing, and everything seemed to be easy to understand. At one point I called him Mr Moore, and he kinda chuckled like a kid and said. "no, no, no, no, no. Patrick is fine!"
Yeah, he was a legend. I'll never forget the man!
I do hope that they celebrate his life properly at some point. I'd have no complaints if they renamed the Moon after Him!