When viewing and admiring his photographs in the mid-1970s I had no idea that one day I would consider him a mentor and a friend. Having one of my images printed in Wonderful West Virginia was a primary goal from the beginning of my interest in outdoor photography. Mr. Hyde published my photograph of a sunset over the Ohio River in May 1986 and to this day that remains my biggest photographic thrill. Thanks to Mr. Hyde I have had the honor of my images being seen in Wonderful West Virginia for nearly 25 years.
Mr. Hyde was always kind to me and was a constant source of encouragement, as I know he was to others. Without him, I would not enjoyed the solitude and beauty of the wonderful places to which my pursuit of beautiful images has taken me. I thank him for that. He is missed, but I know his spirit lives on in photographs taken by me and many others who were likewise inspired by him.