I have learned a lot from Tom. Tom thanks so much to all you do!
When I joined the forum about ten years ago, there were only about 500 members. Then as now, only a small percent of the members were active members who posted with regularity. The sole goal at the time was to teach each other how to make pizzas and to make each post a teaching experience. I perhaps had an advantage over most of the other members at the time because for about two years before I joined the forum I had read just about everything that I could find that Tom wrote. Along with Big Dave Ostrander and John Correll, they were just about the only game in town on the Internet to learn about pizza making. In my case, I was perhaps a natural for what Tom wrote because he discussed the science and math aspects of pizza making, and those facets held great appeal to me. So, I soaked up as much as I could from Tom's work and fed it back to our members, always with attribution to Tom. I figured if the members didn't believe me, they would believe Tom. That practice continues to this day.
It was also Tom's work that led me and Mike (Boy Hits Car) to come up with the dough calculating tools on the forum. I had done the basic design of the tools based on what I learned from Tom, but Mike did the coding, which was not something I could do. It took us months to get the job done, and we even did beta testing of the tools with the members who specialized in the particular aspects of the tools, but it was a wonderful collaboration. The first dough calculating tool was designed to be specific to Tom's NY style dough so it was fitting that we called it the Lehmann dough calculating tool to honor Tom. I don't have to tell you, but you know first hand the impact those tools have had on our members over the years. I viewed the tools as a seminal event that changed the course of the forum, much as Craig's work is now doing with his fermentation tools. But the genesis of much of the work was Tom's work. It was hugely responsible for the success and growth of this forum.