I'm sad to report that the unique Col. Jeff Cooper has passed away. Somehow this news slipped past my radar and I only just picked it up. It's a damn shame- the world could certainly do with more men like the Colonel right now.
I didn't always agree with everything he wrote (most of it, yes) but his column in Guns and Ammo was always the first thing I read when each new issue arrived. His commentaries are available to read online here.
He will be missed.
UPDATE- MadOgre commented on Col. Cooper's untimely passing and he had this to say, "He has said a lot of things that are controversial, but you have to understand where he is coming from. He is coming from a better time, when men were men and women were treated with respect." And that really nails it- he really did seem to be a real gentleman. That he came from a bygone age is a terrible indictment of our current society. We may have improved our technologies but manners, politeness and civility haven't faired anywhere near as well.