James Jessiman Memorial
A recollection of his life by his parents. With permission from Publisher Joe Meno as well as Robyn and Don Jessiman we are honored to mirror an article published in BrickJournal, Spring 2006, Volume #1, Issue 4.
This gallery pays tribute to the 10th anniversary of James Jessiman's passing showing pictures of a:
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(a red Brick 2x3 for all those who are not CAD nerds) LDraw.org's logo.
Following James' death, several members of the community wrote him sentimental letters. View these here. Also, view the archive of the guestbook of the original James Jessiman Memorial site.
James' personal website is still available to view online. The above link takes you to the Archive.org version of his site as it was when he passed away.
LDraw.org hasn't always been a community's effort. Initially the LDraw File Format and the original LDraw and LEdit DOS programs were the creation of a single man: James Jessiman. James died from complications of a flu in the morning of 25th July 1997 at Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia. He was twenty-six years old. We'd like to remember the person who started it all.
Learn about LDraw's creator. Read: Just James - A recollection of his life by his parents. An article published in BrickJournal and have a look at the Commemoration-Gallery of the 10th anniversary. Also read letters sent by his friends after James passed away and check out the guest book of the original James Jessiman Memorial Site, which served as the central LDraw site from July 1997 through July 1999 when LDraw.org was launched.
But James wasn't just LDraw; get a picture drawn by his parents back in the year 2000:
"James Anthony Jessiman was born on 8th June 1971 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. He died there on 25th July 1997 of influenza.
In his all too short life, James enjoyed:
- Family - his parents and younger brother, Richard
- Science generally and particularly Mathematics
- Friends - he was a very generous man
- Lego, Lego, Lego.....
- Computers and helping others to use them
- Amateur Radio Club - he held a full operators' license, VK2MLV
- Wagga Computer Club, he was President
- Riverina NetWare User Group
- Ten Pin Bowling
- University Bible Study Group
- Novels by Terry Pratchett - he had a great sense of humour
- Music by Billy Joel - He drove 500kms to attend concerts every time the artist was here
- His business - Rivtron Computers
- His car - a hand-me-down from his grandfather, and
- His cat - Vipsania
James displayed a remarkable aptitude for thinking and logic at a very early age winning many competitions in both Science and Mathematics. In fact, his first computer was gained as the prize for being first in the state of NSW in a Science competition at the age of 13."
Original 'In Remembrance Of James Jessiman' Page
The community was deeply touched by James Jessiman's passing. Included below is the original James Jessiman Memorial Page in the state it was in just before LDraw.org was launched.
James Jessiman Memorial Award
The James Jessiman Memorial Award was established by the Jessiman Family to honor an individual who has contributed to the furthering of LDraw, the DAT format, and James' memory.
Every year, in consultation with Don and Robyn Jessiman, the LDraw.org Steering Committee carefully choose the recipient from amongst those who have worked hard to keep LDraw alive, with the caveat that current SteerCo members are ineligible. Here is a list of the past recipients:
- 2001 - Steve Bliss
- 2002 - not awarded
- 2003 - Jacob Sparre Andersen
- 2004 - Lars C. Hassing
- 2005 - Michael Lachmann
- 2006 - Orion Pobursky
- 2007 - Kevin Clague
- 2008 - Philippe Hurbain
- 2009 - Tim Courtney
- 2010 - not awarded
- 2011 - Travis Cobbs
- 2012 - Steffen Lohse
- 2013 - Magnus Forsberg
- 2014 - Sergio Reano
- 2015 - Roland Melkert
- 2016 - Nils Schmidt
Like last year the SteerCo reached consensus very fast over the recipient for the this year's James Jessiman Memorial Award: Nils Schmidt
Nils left his Dark Ages in 2009 when he used the LDraw System of Tools for the first time. Later on, he missed nearly all patterned parts from his favourite space theme UFO (1997–1998). He decided to built them all alone with a complex tool chain involving a commercial 3D editor from a Gaming-IDE, MLCad, SlicerPro and the LDDesignPad.
While he progressed on his apprenticeship as a professional software developer, he developed LDPC - the LD Pattern Creator, nowadays commonly used by part authors all over the world to create patterned LDraw parts.
Also the next program came immediately a standard application for LDraw part authors: LDPE or LDraw Part Editor, a platform independend CAD editor written entirely in Java, which turned a laborious fiddling with various programs into a piece of cake. Suddenly manipulations could be done with the a mouse-click, which previously required complex maths. Nils changed the way authors code their parts once for all.
Until 2005 there used to be held a prize giving ceremony at BrickFest, Washington. The 2006/2007 SteerCo has slightly changed the formula of this presentation. The prize is now be given "virtually" and is no longer bound to an actual LEGOfest, due to the fact that LDraw.org is primarily a online community with members spread all over the world. The recipient beside getting the established plaque - is honored for an entire year at LDraw's front page (have a look at the top right-hand corner). The SteerCo's decision aimed to balances the lack of chances for non-Americans to attend BrickFest.