Al was really a true Dutch fancier in every sense of the word, from back in the early years of his interest in Dutch rabbits, into the late 1970's when he produced two Best of Breeds in succession at National Dutch Shows in 1974 and 1975. He was a quiet and very pleasant man who was a good listener as well as being opinionated and quite well informed on all phasas of our fascinating Dutch hobby. In his home state of Illinois, he achieved a great many "Best in Show" awards with his Black and Blue Dutch. These Dutch were all bred from a small rabbitry of approximately twenty-five to maybe thirty hutches. He wanted his small stud of Dutch to have uniformity throughout with nice hard bodies and all markings nearly ideal to the standard, I have been told. He wasn't for showing a lot of Dutch, but they had to be really good, something just two or three, but always close to ideal. If not, they stayed home.
Al spent many years in our ADRC and is certaly missed by all.