John Cleary was up to his Texas boots in photography. His wiseness about the art photography world was inspirational to many of us who labor in that corral. He was just good to be with. At the gallery, at Aipad, or a barbecue table in Houston there were always interesting words coming from him. I think he would have liked R.I.P. to mean “Researcher of Interesting Photographs”. I am honored to be in his “kids” collection.