About Us, simply here for Dan
Our reasons for establishing this tribute website are simple: We want to represent Dan wherever we go and we want to do what he unfortunately can no longer do. His last 10 years on this earth were driven with one goal and responsibility: BrickLink.com and its thousands of users -- LEGO buyers and sellers -- who relied on it for their hobbies, their recreation, and many for their very livelihoods.
It was a heavy burden -- a happy one to be sure -- but a huge obligation and responsibility for Dan. He shouldered it all alone. One of the biggest surprises people have is that one man was responsible for all that was BrickLink.com for a decade, from June 19, 2000 to September 24, 2010. To say he ate, slept and lived BrickLink would be an understatement. It was his life, until it ended.
Eliska Jezkova (Dan's mom) and I (Larry Hawthorne, Dan's stepdad) carried on after him for nearly three years. Eliska was devoted to continuing Dan's dream and protecting what he worked so hard to establish. It wasn't always easy. Unlike Dan, we needed help from outside consultants, part-time IT, and a team of volunteer administrators who were critical in helping us keep the lights on. Most on BrickLink did not even know Dan's name, but everyone knew who "Admin" was. After his passing, the Admin position was filled by more than one person, a feat that Dan was able to accomplish all by himself.
Like Dan, our days were filled with managing BrickLink. We had little time for anything else. As BrickLink continued growing, it was apparent to us that new resources were needed. Eventually, after nearly three years, we more than doubled the size and scope of the website and then handed over BrickLink to Jay Kim and his team with heavy stipulation and understanding of what BrickLink would become, moving into the future. We had worked too hard to secure BrickLink's future to not see it succeed beyond our time running the website. What has been preserved is the world's largest LEGO online marketplace. We are proud of that fact, and eternally grateful to those who helped us reach that goal.
What we do have now is time. And we are filling it with travels to spread the word about BrickLink and to pay tribute to the memory of Dan and his life and his life's dream, BrickLink. This website is about that, pure and simple.
One of our visits was to this wonderful expansive private exhibit of hundreds of MOCs in, of all places, Prague. It's called Brickrepublic.