Here's a little piece I wrote for my Facebook Fan Club:
I woke up early this morning to the news my old friend and co worker at the Carter office aka "the tower" had died. Mark Lindsay was my age.
Let me tell you about Mark. Mark was 6'6" with shoulder length sandy colored hair and a huge smile. Mark worked with Chuck Paine on the top floor of the tower. I worked with Yves Marie Tanton two floors down. While Chuck, Yves Marie and I tried to work to an office drafting style Mark had a unique drawing style. He would free hand many of the less important lines. This gave his drawings a vitality that was hard to duplicate.
When Carter designs were published inevitably the blurb was say, "from the drawing board of Dick Carter. This was funny, in a way because Dick did no drawing at all while I was there. Mark cut out the words from one article "the drawing board of Dick Carter" and taped the quote to the edge of his drawing board. Yves Marie, Chuck and I though this was very funny. Dick never commented on it but must have seen it.
The tower was perched on the rocks above Boston Harbor at the tip of Nahant. It was an old submarine watch tower. Each floor was 12' by 12" and the upper three levels were connected by ladders. I think at some point each of us took "the fast way" down landing sprawled on the floor of the lower level. Dick was master of this maneuver while holding his cup of coffee. On hot days we would go down to the tiny beach below the tower, I think it was called 13 Steps Beach, strip to our undies and go swimming.One hot day, Dick was in Europe, we swam and then went back to work. I went up to Mark's floor for some reason and there he was working away wearing only a towel. Sparkman and Stevens it was not.
During my two week "audition" at the tower Mark was the only one who invited me to his home for dinner. That was a welcome break from my usual dinner of peanut butter sandwiches. Mark's house was bustling with sailor stuff. Mark and his wife Sally were very active 505 dinghy racers. Mark's kitchen was half food prep and half boat workshop where Mark had various dinghy parts he was working on. I think dinner was pasta in an epoxy sauce.
Mark was far more interested in building than he was in designing and he went on to become a successful builder of large racing boats in Boston.
I remember the morning when Dick came into the tower and said, "I can feel the horsepower in here."
Glad I got to know you Mark. I was fortunate.