I learned yesterday that one of my contemporaries – for whom I had the utmost respect – passed away in his sleep the other night. Nelson Freeburg was for as long as I can remember the editor of Formula Research, a newsletter he published which detailed any and all manner of objective trading methods.
Although I considered him my friend, the odd truth is that we never once managed to actually meet in person. But we had mutual respect or one another’s work, and communicated by email and phone fairly often a number of years ago. Nelson took a few “obscure” ideas I wrote about many years ago and turned them into actual systems with full-fledged objective buy and sell signals. He gave me full credit for the initial idea and allowed me to gain a little notoriety primarily by virtue of his work. He also took the time to help me flesh out and improve upon a number of ideas on my own. In truth, we didn’t have much contact in recent years, but I remained and remain ever grateful for his selfless input.
Beyond all that, my recurring thought regarding Nelson was that when it came to developing well thought out, objective (not mention kicka#$) trading systems – in my opinion he was simply the best. And I know for certain – because I have seen and heard comments to the effect over the years – that I am not the only person who believes that statement to be true.
As I mentioned, we never met in person. But I have heard from many others that he was an excellent speaker and a heck of nice guy.
Nelson, thank you for the vast contributions that you shared so generously with us. You will be sorely missed.