Dear Brian, you and I joined Wikipedia around the same time. Your intellect shone from the outset and it was clear that a gifted and generous contributor was with us. Your articles will continue to read by thousands of our readers for may decades to come. A magnificent legacy.
Brian, You will be more missed than you can ever possibly have realised. Your calm hand on the tiller of so many Wikipedia reviews is missed already. The one word that keeps resonating from heavyweight Wikipedians is "mentor". You taught us all so much, and we are never going to be able to fill the gap you have left.