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Darrell Mulroy died over the weekend

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Oleg Volk, Mar 17, 2003.

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  1. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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    Darrell Mulroy died this weekend leaving behind a wife and child. He was a friend, also a firearms instructor in Minneapolis, MN. His book Dangerous Shadows might still be published. Review copy was a pretty interesting read. I missed out a chance to call in his radion show on Saturday evening, by Sunday he was dead.
     
  2. MrKandiyohi

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    I'm sorry to hear that. I took his Basic Handgun course about 2 years ago. It was very informative, and I still look over the notes ocassionally to keep up on state law and self defense.

    MN lost a very effective voice in firearms rights.

    I was always going to take more of his courses. It looks like PlusP will still be around after Darrell.
     
  3. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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    THR's own Wayne Schlickenmeyer will be teaching, AFAIK...and he's pretty good.
     
  4. mpthole

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    Rest in Peace, Darrell.
     
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    I took some of his classes, I will miss his humor and wit. He was a friend
     
  6. Huntersix

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    I am really sorry to hear this. I took the Basic Handgun course from Darrell last April and was looking forward to some refresher training from him. My condolenses to his family anfd friends.

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  7. VictorLouis

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    That's too bad....

    Darrel offended countless forumites on many discussion boards over the years. They just couldn't accept that so much of what he was trying to call to our attention was 180 degrees opposite of what many have been preaching and teaching over the years. That alone was enough to bring him heat, but his abrasive 'internet persona' only added fuel to the fire.

    I engaged in an e-mail discourse with him several years ago and found him to be quite personable. That is, quite opposite of what you'd percieve from just reading his postings on the 'net. I learned a lot, and have adopted much into my training regimen.

    He will be missed, in spite of what many may think.
     
  8. Dean Speir

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    Ack!

    Well, another gone… last June it was his good friend and video collaborator/co-author (Too Close for Complacency), Julio Santiago… now big Darrell in his sleep yesterday, 16 March. His health had not been the best… the doctors had taken part of a foot several years ago which was the last time I'd spoken to him. He'd stayed in the fight, though.

    Darrell and I battled interminably on the Rec.Guns newsgroup over the years about everything from the possibility of the Strasbourg Tests to whether or not everyone else was full o'crap… and then got together at SHOT Show to rag one another about the hideous state of gunzines, etc.

    For all his celebrated antipathy toward a certain small enclave of gunwriters with varying degrees of law enforcement experience, Darrell was out there doing it, and trying his damnedest to bring his own experience into the "literature" of how to survive a gunfight. Like many who had "been there" and lived to talk about it, he had very strong views about what worked for him, and was tireless in his efforts to impart the benefit of that experience.

    He also was most graciously supportive of my own endeavors in a certain area, and never failed to give credit when referencing my oeuvre.

    My condolences to the widow Tiffany and the one progeny I knew, Wendy, a daughter from a prior marriage.
     
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    I will miss him, though I never met him face to face. I first encountered him on TFL and learned much from him.
     
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    RIP. I took the basic class from him yrs ago and did it again a few times over the years. I learned a lot from his training. Some didn't work for me but good start. I feel bad I had not kept in contact the last 8 months.
     
  11. Dan Morris

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    A fine individual. He is a loss.
    Dan
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    shame

    I corresponded with Darrell prior to getting into law enforcement. I had some questions, and he gave me some excellent advice which turned out to be spot on. I always enjoyed the hornets nests he would stir up with his comments on the net on various boards. His common sense approach will be missed.

    RIP Darrell.

    Dave
     
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    Ohhh man. Just caught this thread.

    Sigh. Darrel was a good'un. A character of course, very committed, dedicated, so obviously not for all tastes :) but...ya, we'll feel his lack.

    :(
     
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    My son and I also took his basic handgun self defense course, and were waiting for the concealed carry law to pass here in Minnesota if it ever gets out of committee, it probably will pass...
    We spoke to him about a month ago at an indoor gun range where he held his classes, and he seemed pretty chipper......
    condolences to his family...........
     
  15. Oleg Volk

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    http://www.uglydel.com/

    Darrell E. Mulroy "Ugly Del" passed away on March 16, 2003. There
    will be a memorial service on Thursday, March 20th. at Broadway Pizza
    (612-529-7745), 2025 W. River Road. Minneapolis, MN at 4:00 pm.
     
  16. Safety First

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    Sorry for the loss of your friend
     
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    I ran into him at the water hole after the Saturday night radio show... We talked for a bit and he was as sharp and lively as ever Ive seen him.

    He was a true force in the Minnesota fight for RTKBA.

    Rest Well Darrell.

    Diesle
     
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    Saw this in the online Star and Sickle. I didn't know he was a Vietnam photographer.

    http://www.startribune.com/stories/466/3769320.html


    'Ugly Del Roberts' of KDWB, WWTC dies at 58

    Longtime Twin Cities disc jockey Darrell Mulroy -- known on the air as "Ugly Del Roberts" -- has died.

    Mulroy died in his sleep Sunday at age 58. His daughter says he had heart problems.

    Mulroy graduated from Brown Institute in August 1965 and was hired the same day to do traffic reports on KDWB Radio. In 1979, he joined WWTC Radio as it changed from an all-news format to oldies.

    In 2001, WWTC-AM had switched to a conservative talk format and brought back Mulroy to host a Saturday night oldies show.

    Besides being a DJ, Mulroy also was a firearms instructor, a policeman, a private investigator and a Vietnam War photographer for United Press International.
     
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    Darrell was a friend of mine...he had visited us several times when he came down to Florida. I hadn't talked to him much over the last two years because he was very busy, but I feel this loss very personally nonetheless. He was a good guy, and I will miss him.
     
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    There Will Be a Tribute Show To Darrell - 'Ugly Del Roberts'
    this Saturday 6-10 pm (his usual airtime) on WWTC 1280am (The Patriot) in the Minneapolis area. I recall he said something about pirate radio network.. mabye those of you outside the area can get it too. I plan to be at the studio, and I will let Tiffany know of all your kind thoughts.
     
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    Saint Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

    March 22, 2003 Saturday

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    HEADLINE: OBITUARIES: Darrell Mulroy, 58, disc jockey

    BYLINE: Pioneer Press

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    Darrell Mulroy, a well-known Twin Cities disc jockey who played oldies on WWTC-AM under the name "Ugly Del Roberts,'' has died at the age of 58.

    Mulroy died in his sleep Sunday at his home in Minneapolis.

    He began his radio career with KDWB-FM in the Twin Cities in 1965 after graduating from Brown Institute.

    At a meeting with Jack Douglas, the news director, and Sam Sherwood, general manager of KDWB at the time, Mulroy was asked to come up with a radio name because Darrell Mulroy wasn't catchy enough. They quickly decided on Del for a first name.

    "Sam had a Roberts recorder in his office and Jack said, 'Roberts.' That is where Del Roberts came from," Mulroy explained on his Web site.

    Mulroy worked for several radio stations in Minnesota and South Dakota before quitting radio work in 1970.

    "I was burned out and wanted out," he said on the Web site.

    Mulroy became a private investigator but joined WWTC in 1979 to play oldies, his first love in music.

    He was also founder of Plus P Technology, offering firearms and self-defense training.

    For the past year, Mulroy had played oldies on "The Saturday Night Cruise'' on WWTC.

    "When I go into the studio, the years fall off and I'm cruising once again," he said on his Web site.

    Mulroy urged his fans to cruise around in their cars and enjoy life.

    "Have that hot fudge sundae or greasy burger and onion rings," he said on his Web site. "Pile the cheese on the fries."

    Mulroy is survived by his wife, Tiffany; a son, Del, Minneapolis; daughters Wendee and Courtnee Mulroy, Pierre, S.D.; a stepson, Adam; and four grandchildren.

    A celebration of his life was held Thursday at Broadway Pizza in Minneapolis.
     
  22. ReadyontheRight

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    I took Darrell's class right after I got my first pistol. Darrel's website http://www.plusp.com is a great repository of a small bit of his unique knowledge.

    Darrell sure did like to press people's buttons. :D The world is a grayer place without him.

    My condolences to Tiffany and the rest of his family. RIP Darrell.
     
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    It looks like someone has tongue planted firmly in cheek, or else there are 2 Dels. I hope Darrell is laughing somewhere.

    http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/3789015.html

    Protest, but lawfully

    People have every right to protest the war as long as they obey the law.

    Marching in the middle of the street, impeding traffic for hours without a parade permit, delaying people trying to get home, to work, or to conduct business is cause for police intervention. Blocking entrances to buildings and stopping business from being conducted is cause for police to uphold the law and restore order.

    This all comes at a high price.

    Costs for extra policing for each event are staggering. The selfish actions of these protesters take away from the normal policing of our community and waste money that the cities don't have.

    The money has to come from somewhere. Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to make war protesters share the cost by paying court-ordered restitution is a perfect solution to the problem. Hit them in the pocketbook and make them pay for some of their crimes.

    Their street marches made me late for a funeral last week. For that totally inexcusable act I demand that someone pay for my inconvenience.

    Del R. Mulroy, Minneapolis.
     
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