Above, below and column right are remembrances from around the world of Dan and BrickLink. Members of BrickLink are invited to comment regarding the impacts Dan and BrickLink have had on their lives. Please feel free to share your own thoughts regarding Dan and his dream: Leave a message
Messages from Around the World
HOW YOU MUST SMILE!
BrickLink has made it possible for my son and my four grandkids to enjoy LEGO time together. The site has been invaluable and continues to be the main resource we use. Your son, Dan, remains a living and vibrant personality throughout his site and I marvel at your young man, who like my son, took to computers and made them his own. My son, a teacher of English to high school children, once remarked to me that he wanted to “make a difference with a few young minds.” Your son has certainly made his mark with a LOT of young minds. How you must smile!
Judy R. from USA
LEFT A MARK
Dan created an amazing website for all fans of LEGO. He has left his mark on this world, and all of us are better for it. Thank you for keeping his dream alive.
Phil M from USA Member since 2011
FROM THE UK
I'm relatively new member but a life long Lego fan. I just wanted to write that I will also be remembering Dan and thinking of him every time I use this wonderful community he has created. God bless you Dan and your family. I know you are sitting up in Heaven now, looking down on us connecting from all over the planet in the space you created for us and that you are now in a place where you'll never be short of a particular brick again.
Varleym from England
Member since 2012
SO MANY MADE HAPPY
Dan, you will be greatly missed, so glad God put you here on this earth, you have made so many people happy.
brickhood from Canada
Member since 2005
STEVE JOBS OF THE LEGO COMMUNITY
In my humble opinion, Dan Jezek can be described as the Steve Jobs of the Lego Community. If it weren't for Dan, we might have never had such a great way of enjoying our hobby. I have never met him, but BL and thus Dan, means a lot to me.
Banti from the Netherlands
Dan was a very dedicated owner, creator, designer, and programmer, who had such a grasp for his BL. I was often amazed at how fast a suggestion from a member was implemented, and there were hundreds if not thousands of suggestions from all over the world. He had to have eaten and slept BL. It is not my business to know why Dan was taken from us so early, but I hope it was not from his pursuit of creating and maintaining BL. It is a daunting task to take something from nothing to such a creation. Thank you for sharing Dan with us and for continuing with Dan's creation.
LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME
I never met Dan. I didn't even know the story behind BL. The only reason I use the site is because my husband died suddenly and unexpectedly last year and left behind a huge Lego collection. Life will never be the same for any of us. I am very grateful that you shared Dan's story with all of us. I have repeatedly extolled the virtues of this site. People are always amazed when I describe the features—even more amazed when they visit. My husband used the site to purchase pieces, and he earned a living programming so it is full of memories. I will think of your Dan and my Dean. I bet they would have gotten along famously.
Shauna L. from Canada
Store: Half the Shipping Fun Boat
DAN GAVE US WHAT WE NEEDED
Dan gave us parts, and more parts, just when we needed them, and most of us did not even know his name. BL is an amazing gift he created and managed for all of us, bringing the world together with just a click. He will continue to live on in our minds each time we open BrickLink. That is quite a legacy for someone so young. In their time of overwhelming grief, his family should know that thousands of us join them in sharing their sadness and can only thank them for the positive impact Dan has had on our world.
DAN WAS A VISIONARY
I still remember his first announcement of this site (then BrickBay), saying the code was almost done and asking if there would be good adherence. Many adhered right away and many, many more, would come after and shall come in the future. Please keep Dan's dream alive, thank you.
BL Store: Gimme A Brick
THE LEGACY OF DANIEL JEZEK
Dan died suddenly at the age of 33. This was a shock to the community he served. For more than a decade, he created new ways for the community to connect with each other via the web. He created an online marketplace consisting of more than a hundred million items available for sale at any given moment. He helped a community grow—serving the needs of both adults and children. He focused on what it means to serve, rather than to own. His work crossed international lines, with members from around the world actively engaging with each other.
Read "How to Serve an Online Community - The Legacy of Daniel Jezek
Dan Blank from USA
FROM A MOTHER, LEGO FAN AND BL CUSTOMER
I am sad for passing of Daniel. As a Mom, I am sad. As a Lego fan, I am sad. As a BrickLink customer, I am sad. As a BL customer, I will be forever grateful that he had the vision to create such a site. As a Lego fan, since 1960, I was hooked. As a mom, I still spend time with my children as we sit on the floor, play and create, talk and share in our lives. Great memories! You should be very proud of what Dan created with BL. It is a wonderful resource for all things Lego.
Laura J. from Illinois USA
Dan's talent created an amazing website but this place is much more. It's a global community working together to support a hobby, more a lifestyle for some, and it's genius. This is an achievement that Dan's family and friends can be truly proud of and I believe this community will strive to keep it going in a way that will honor his great work for many years to come
DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD
Dan made a difference in the world. His dream lives on and continues helping hundreds of thousands of people worldwide! I am very grateful for this site and thankful to the family.
TBG from USA
BL Store: The Bicycling Guitarist
Dan will be remembered many times over. What he built here is simply amazing, and the memories that have been created because of him. BL will be remembered forever. Just think of all the kids and dads/moms that sit down and build with parts/sets they buy on here and bond with each other. That is something those kids will grow up and remember when they become the moms/dads. And those memories might not have happened if Dan didn't build this site!
j7r7o7c7k7 from USA
BL Store: J-Rock's house of bricks
PAUSE AND REFLECT
It's moments like these that are always time to give pause, and to respect what others before have accomplished and made possible for everyone that comes after. The site has helped to connect many across the globe, uniting us as one big family. BL not only united AFOLs looking to exchange parts, but helped some to pay their bills, helped some crate cottage style business success, and even others full blown commercial enterprises employing countless number of people. Dan touched many more lives than he could ever be aware of, and we all grieve for his family, and hope that the tremendous amount of support that has and continue to spill forth from this community will provide his family some solace.
RESPECTED VISIONARY LEADER
Your son was highly respected by the entire Lego community. He was regarded as a visionary leader by everyone. Dan's contributions to this company during his 15 years of dedicated and selfless service were many and varied. He brought lego businesses small and large together from across the globe. His contribution to this company will not be forgotten. Dan was a remarkable man, I am well aware of the difference he made in our lives and many others. Will miss him.