I met Nick several years ago at a National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards convention. We traded wisecracks over breakfast and became instant friends. When I stepped into his old job he was delighted and extremely supportive. Over the past year he became my mentor as well as my dear friend, offering advice and guidance. Nick’s influence on MAD cannot be overstated. I will miss him as a friend and comedy guru, and the community of MAD will greatly mourn the loss of the man who was responsible for so much MADness.