I have never met Fred in person but I have spoken to him on several occasions and we have had many email exchanges over the years. I was referred to Fred at a time where I believe the only nonprofessional on the forum who used the Caputo 00 flour was Bill/SFNM, although there were a couple of members who were professionals who used that flour (Ron Molinaro at Il Pizzaiolo and Charlie Restivo at Naples 45, both of whom offered to give me samples of their flours). About the only 00 flours that were available at that time at the retail level were the Bel Aria and Delverde 00 flours, and there was little information on those flours. The Caputo 00 flour was not available at the retail level at that time. I was referred by a seller of the Bell Aria flour to Fred since they couldn't answer any of my questions. Fred was very helpful in answering my questions about the 00 flours, and that has been the case ever since. So, when confusion arises on the forum about the Caputo flours, and there have been several instances of that, I go to Fred and he responds in a very prompt and timely manner.
Fred once laughed when I told him that I found an Italian document that mentioned his name and that when I used the Google translator, his name, Fred Mortati, was translated to Fred Dead. Fred has always been a friend of the forum and appreciative of the members who use and promote his flours. His flours have come a long way since I first spoke with him.