Gee, I am surprised that I seem to be one of the first, or the first, person in Colorado Springs to place a Qrcode on my Family's Tombstones.

 

My dear wife of 57 married years died recently, and I designed our his and her tombstones, which are already in place in Old Colorado City's Fairview Cemetery. Mine just lacks my death date. Oh yeah, I promised years ago that I would be connected, after I die, to the Internet. Don't worry, I'm still here.But the technology is already in place.

But what I have already put on my dear Patsy's tombstone is a little inch square Qrcode which, if you point your Smart Phone's camera eye at it, it will take you right to her beautiful obituary, with several photographs, and even a link to her favorite classical piece, Clair de Lune which will play for you while you meditate the passing of a beautiful lady.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now of course I have been writing my online-only autobiography, which is on my own web site. So on the Bronze Tablet in the Walkway between 25th street and the rear parking lots that the City nicely named 'Dave Hughes Cyberpath' there is a small QR code that will take you directly to that online site (davehugheslegacy.net) - which just may be there forever, maintained by my descendents and a small trust fund. Here is the Tablet where you can see the Qrcode on its lower right. And here is it online you can access now from the screen or if the Fresh Ink prints it in their paper some Wednesday. If you don't have it you can download a free Qcodereader AP. My grandkids can do it already.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gee, when will Colorado Springs join the online revolution that I have been in for 30 years? And will still be on from my grave.

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Dave,

Thank you so much for sharing this! It is such a beautiful idea and tribute to Patsy's memory. I pulled up Clair de Lune after reading it. 

It will take a little time, but I'm sure that more people will jump on the bandwagon with you and add QR Codes to their headstones as well...  It's a great way to commemorate a life. 

I always enjoy your posts, Dave.

Laura



Laura Thompson said:

Dave,

Thank you so much for sharing this! It is such a beautiful idea and tribute to Patsy's memory. I pulled up Clair de Lune after reading it. 

It will take a little time, but I'm sure that more people will jump on the bandwagon with you and add QR Codes to their headstones as well...  It's a great way to commemorate a life. 

I always enjoy your posts, Dave.

Laura


Thanks Laura.

When I said I seem to be the first in Colorado Springs, Will DeBoer, who manages both Evergreen and Fairview Cemeteries told me he knows of no one else who has done it.And I had to sort of educate him about how it works.

One of things I was also able to do for Patsy's connection was, besides pointing to the eulogy on the site, and Clair de Lune, but also a link, not to just my total biographical site, but specifically to the 'Married Life' subsection where the 'rest of her story' with me resides, and about all our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren whom she loved and helped raise as her really major accomplishment in life while I was off winning our nation's wars.

 

 

 

 

PS.... Did Dave tell you about the interesting papers we found in the Templeton basement!?!? We have uncovered some fun facts about it!

I made a suggestion to Will DeBoer who has to manage the two city cemeteries with ONLY the income from selling plots, or for services like burials. Because in this tight-fisted city, the Cemeteries as 'Enterprises' which get not a dime of tax money. Because of that, he does not have the income to pay for a sprinkler system on the new ground he already has to expand Fairview Cemetery on - which is running out of burial space.

I suggested he look into providing QrCodes and space on a Memorial Web site. As a new 'service' he could charge for. I'll bet the family burying a member would gladly pay $100-150 for such a service.

 

I agree, all my friends I've shown this to would tend to agree. My husband has already been incorporating them into his LOGO for his already successful business! I wish I could send you a link to it, it's been heavily modified and has these stars overlayed on them, but it still is a functioning QR Code... 

By the way, are you going to go to the Evergreen Cemetery Walking Tour this Saturday? 

Great story, Dave. Congrats on that plaque; you were a legend 13 years ago!

Channel 5 KOAA read the above and interviewed me at Patsy's grave site this morning. They will broadcast it at either 5 or 6 PM. They put a teaser on their web site.

 

http://www.koaa.com/news/local-couple-using-technology-to-live-fore...

 



Dave Hughes said:

Channel 5 KOAA read the above and interviewed me at Patsy's grave site this morning. They will broadcast it at either 5 or 6 PM. They put a teaser on their web site.

 

http://www.koaa.com/news/local-couple-using-technology-to-live-fore...

 

Well they didn't run it until late on the 10 O'clock news, but here it is on their web site as a bried video. They even started to play the music.

 

http://www.koaa.com/videos/qr-codes-on-headstones/

 

And tsk, tsk, Fresh Ink didn't even print the Qrcode on their Wednesday Fresh Ink coverage.

 

 

 

Glad to see the TV stations are reading csfreshink.com, Dave, as you are... and your story did appear last Sunday in Fresh*Ink Weekend, which goes to 32,000 driveways in town. Your story isn't a time-sensitive piece, so it was scheduled to run Sept. 28 in Gazette Fresh*Ink pages. Thanks for reading, Dave.



Bob Stephens said:

Glad to see the TV stations are reading csfreshink.com, Dave, as you are... and your story did appear last Sunday in Fresh*Ink Weekend, which goes to 32,000 driveways in town. Your story isn't a time-sensitive piece, so it was scheduled to run Sept. 28 in Gazette Fresh*Ink pages. Thanks for reading, Dave.

 

Wow. I don't have a Driveway.

 

Yeah its not time sensitive for you youngsters, but I may drop dead before the 28th!

 

 

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