Colin was a true global journalist who made great contributions to our industry. I would just as easily run into him in Grenoble as Silicon Valley. I could not have a short conversation with him. We always spent an hour or so discussing the state of things as they are. Colin was never shy to push back, but always did so with his genteel British style. I'll miss him.
Absoluted shocked by this news.
Mick's reply above sums my feelings for Colin up also. A great journalist, and an all round good guy. It was a pleasure to meet Colin at events, and catch up with the latest gossip. He always had time for a chat, a bit of banter and a beer. He will be missed by all in the industry
The first time I met Colin, donkeys years ago, we quickly moved away from electronics to the important topic of football, and discovered we supported each others’ fiercest rivals – Charlton Athletic (Colin) and Millwall (me).
“I expect we’ll get along all right,” he laughed. Over many a beer, you bet we did. The best thing I can say is that when I attended any industry event and Colin wasn’t there I felt let down. It deprived me of football chat and banter, and watching him in the nicest possible way ask a question to catch the presenter on the hop. A brilliant technique, it always elicited a better response than aggression.
He was, I reckon, a professional journalist, one of the best in the electronics industry, and a professional football supporter. He never let football get in the way of doing a first class job. Neither did he let work hinder his football attendance. He’d think nothing of stepping off an overnight flight to Heathrow from the West Coast and heading straight to wherever Charlton were playing home or away.
You couldn’t even begin a head count of Colin’s friends in the publishing and electronics industries. We will miss the smile, the bonhomie greatly as will his family to whom I send my sincerest condolences.
What a shock and what terrible news. Colin was the very definition of a 'good bloke'. I'm honoured to have known and worked with him and to have been able to call him a friend. I'll miss him greatly, as will so many others in the industry. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Colin seemed like he was already a veteran when I entered trade journalism in the mid- to late-1980s. I learned a lot from sitting next to him in press conferences and just writing down the answers to the questions he asked.
Because professionally, Colin had a very rare talent - he knew how to ask the right questions, without ever seeming rude or unfriendly. As Brian has described, Colin was indeed jovial - but (as a PR) I knew that my clients underestimated him at their peril.
What do I think of when I picture Colin? Well, as anyone who ever met him would attest, Colin could talk the hind legs off a donkey.... I think of the passion that Dylan referred to in a previous comment - both for his personal interests and for his work; his interest in others; his genuine nature.
I didn't see him often but I'll miss him. Of course this is a sad time: but even now, thinking of Colin makes me smile, not frown. I'll find it easy to celebrate having known him.
Colin always had time for everyone, a smile for everyone and a passionate dedication to his family, his football and his work. Colin was one of the most loveable characters in our industry I had the privilege of meeting him often over a period of more than 25 years. My deepest condolences to his family, and to his many friends and close work colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic.
A truly wonderful human being and a terrific journalist. In answer to Brian's question above: no, Colin ALWAYS had a smile on his face and time to catch up. It wasn't difficult to talk him into grabbing a pint or two around the corner.
I didn't have the opportunity to work with Colin as long as many others here, but I truly enjoyed the times I spent with him. I always enjoyed his "football" stories, even though I am an American and don't really understand the nuances of the game. His passion was just so genuine.
I feel privileged to have known Colin, learned from him, and called him my friend.
Did you ever approach Colin at an event when he didn't have a wry smile and some time for you? I didn't.
Colin's grace was that, plus, at press conferences, he'd not hesitate to call out, politely, that what the executive had just uttered was the complete opposite of what he'd said just two months before at another event.
He said it thoughtfully, as if he was that executive's longtime psychiatrist, and the executive would invariably be left mumbling clarifications and apologies before the jovial bearded fellow with the huge heart and the easy grin.
Such a loss. Colin was one of the kindest and most genuine people I have met in this industry. I will miss his wry sense of humor and his ability to put anyone at ease. Cheers to you, Colin Holland. You'll be missed.