Rest In Peace, Allen Stern

April 6th, 2013 by Curtiss Grymala
Allen Stern

Yesterday evening, I received news that Allen Stern had passed away. For those of you not familiar with Allen, he was the founder of CenterNetworks and HTMLCenter, as well as CloudContacts and a handful of other informational and¬†entrepreneurial¬†sites. He was also the founder of Let’s Talk Fitness. I have probably known Allen longer than I’ve known any of my other online acquaintances (and longer than I’ve known a lot of people in real life).¬†Allen was an amazingly friendly, nice guy with a sparkling wit.

I first became acquainted with Allen around 1998 or 1999 when I was first entering the world of website development. At the time, there were only a handful of websites that offered community forums to help out with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other Web development technologies. The majority of the sites I visited suffered from some sort of class division, where the “experts” would deride the beginners for being so stupid as to ask a simple development question. At HTMLCenter, though, the atmosphere was inviting and open. Contributors like Till and Allen were always happy to help in any way they could, and never made anyone feel stupid for asking a simple question. As time went on, I stuck around HTMLCenter, and ended up contributing quite a lot back to it. Read the rest of this entry »