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I just wanted to let the greater Chowhound Community know that Chino Wayne, a longtime LA board poster and all around good person is in the hospital and very sick. I met Wayne several years ago at a Chowhound restaurant event and he and I became friends away from the site, bonding over our similar ages and experiences growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the 50's and 60's.

Wayne is a highly talented photographer and has a very wicked sense of humor. He is one of those people who is both talented and a really good guy. His wife has asked me to say that both she and Wayne would welcome all the good wishes, vibes, prayers and positive energy that anyone would like to send Wayne's way.

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  1. If you see him again, please pass along my best wishes to him and his family.

    1. One of my favorite all time posters. Best wishes to him and his family.

      1. All my best wishes and prayers go out to Chino Wayne and his family.

        1. Wayne and I very nearly met last spring when I was in California, but an emergency kept it from happening. I've known him through Chowhound for over a decade and have missed his presence. Good vibes are winging their way from me.

          1. So sorry to hear he's not well. Best wishes to Wayne & his family.

            1. Wayne's been an absolutely vital part of the Chowhound community for as long as I can remember. In fact, I can't imagine a Chowhound.com without him.

              And that means there's only one alternative: Wayne's got to recover speedily and come back to us. Because it's not really Chowhound.com without Chino Wayne.

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              1. re: Jim Leff

                I told Judy that she should whisper in his ear that I said he better damn well recover and I'm not having it any other way...Thanks to all who posted here and I have sent a link to this thread to Judy so she can see that others here are pulling for the Big Fella and sending our most positive thoughts to her and Wayne...

                1. re: Jim Leff

                  +1

                  I was first introduced to chowhound by a random search that linked to one of his posts….

                2. This is sad, upsetting news. I hope he's able to recover.

                  1. Thank you for sharing the news. I am closing my eyes really tight and sending all the positive energy to LA now....1, 2, 3, GO!!

                    1. Good vibes and prayers to Wayne and his wife from the sub-freezing Twin Cities!

                      ~TDQ

                      1. All my best to Chino Wayne and his family, wishing him a speedy recovery and of course, good chow.

                        1. As a Chowhound lurker in the early days I remember checking "the tree" daily to see if Chino Wayne had posted something new. I loved his writing style and his humor and knew that my day would be that much better for having read something from him. Get well soon, Chino Wayne - I miss you!

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                          1. re: Pwmfan

                            I had the same experience as a lurker!

                            Chino Wayne was always one of my favorite posters back when I lived in LA. I hope he recovers quickly.

                          2. Get well soon, Chino Wayne. We miss you!

                            1. All my best to him and his family!! When I first got on Chowhound many years ago, his posts served as a great example of how to have strong opinions while maintaining a gracious welcoming presence. Sending good thoughts and healing energy his way!

                              1. I always thought he'd write a book someday, he was the best storyteller. Get well soon! and lots of positive vibes being sent your way by me.

                                1. One more heartfelt wish for recovery here. The LA board misses his presence and I personally wish him the best.

                                  1. I lurked for years before diving in. Chino Wayne was one of the posters that I came across frequently and really enjoyed!

                                    With so many different boards these days I don't run across his posts often - a definite loss to my CH experience.

                                    I join in the chorus of good wishes, prayers and healing energy being sent. Rest comfortably and recover soon.

                                    To the loved ones in your life - our thoughts are with you too.

                                    1. Just a little update. Judy just phoned me on the way to the hospital. She said Wayne is doing a bit better. He's still in ICU and still pretty out of it, but he is showing slow signs of improvement. Judy said she had looked at this thread and she said when she told Wayne about it he seemed to respond.

                                      I told her that so many were pulling for him here and she promised to keep me informed. When I hear more I'll come back and post the news. Thank you all for your heartfelt responses and good vibes sent out this way for Wayne and his recovery.

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                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        I sort of know what they're going through, whatever the issue, and hope they can see their way to better times. Hang in there, Chino Wayne!

                                      2. I just wanted to let you all know that Wayne is doing better. His wife just called to tell me that things are definitely on the upswing. Obviously you all sent some really good positive vibes and thoughts, prayers and healing energy out to, Wayne. I can't thank you all enough. Judy said that she was very touched and heartened by all of the replies here and the caring you all demonstrated.

                                        I'll only come back and update this when Wayne is back on his feet and making trouble, as only he can do (joking). But I won't joke about how great this community is. I'm cooking a pork shoulder low and slow today, and I hope you all have wonderful things to eat and drink tonight. Hoist one for Wayne, he will appreciate it, I know. One of these days I expect he'll show up on this thread and post something.

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                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          I'm so thrilled by this news. Thank you for the update! A toast for good health to all.

                                          ~TDQ

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            Thanks for the great news! So glad he is on the mend.

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              Thanks for keeping us updated - I'm glad to hear he's doing better!

                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                I've been watching and waiting for this kind of update. Thanks so much! Love and best wishes to Judy and Wayne.

                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                    Good to hear! I'll toast him tonight. Several times, likely :-)

                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                      *whew!* So glad to hear Wayne is doing better! Thanks for the update. Judy, Wayne is a treasure. I've been following his posts longer than I've been posting on here.

                                                      Raising a glass of Lagavulin-cheers to Wayne's continued recovery :)

                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                        Great news! I can't wait to hear from Wayne himself again :) Keep up the progress buddy!

                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                          A toast to Wayne and Judy. I know he'll be back here as soon as he's able; he always has a story to tell and I can't wait to hear it!

                                                        2. Thank you for the update! A lot of us out here have been pulling for Wayne - he's an incredible member of the community and I always look forward to his comments and posts.

                                                          1. Just adding my voice to the choir to say how much Wayne is loved on Chowhound. Good health, Wayne.

                                                            1. We will send prayers his way.

                                                              1. So glad to hear he's improved. He's contributed some great posts over the years. Best to Chino Wayne and family!

                                                                1. I can't recall a Chowhound without Chino Wayne. Sending good thoughts his way. ETA: And reading further, I see he's doing better - great news!

                                                                  1. Prayers and warm wishes from Brooklyn for Chino Wayne's recovery and return to us.

                                                                    1. Just saw this now for the first time. I once privately reached out to Chino Wayne when my wife and I were toying with the idea of moving out to Pomona (*GASP*) for school, and I always appreciated his kindly reassurance.

                                                                      I'm delighted to know he's recovering and would be happy to buy him a Maker's Mark and ginger ale on the date and at the time of his choosing :)

                                                                      Mr Taster

                                                                      1. I've got many fond memories of Chino from my early days on CH. I always looked forward to reading his posts. He's funny and smart, a delight to read. I'm glad to hear he's doing better.

                                                                        1. Get well soon, Chino Wayne. Although you're better known to LA board posters, you once reached out halfway around the world to the China/SE-Asia board to talk about an In-n-Out Burger pop-up in Singapore, and we had quite an interesting discussion.

                                                                          Well, here are some best wishes coming back to you all the way from Singapore for your quick recovery.

                                                                          1. I just saw this...I hope he is doing better? Very sorry to hear about his illness.

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                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                              Unfortunately this continues to be an uphill struggle for Wayne. He is now two months in a hospital, (now rehab facility) bed and continues to have to use a respirator, as each time they take him off of it his oxygen blood levels go down too far.

                                                                              I visited Wayne last Sunday, and will go again soon. But he is still really having a tough go. Please keep him and Judy in your thoughts and prayers if you will. I'll post again at some point when things are on the upswing (keeping a positive mindset about Wayne and his recovery).

                                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                                  Servorg, is there anything we can do for him aside from keeping him in our thoughts and prayers?

                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                    I can ask Judy, or I'll ask Wayne when I visit again, if he would like anyone else from the LA CH community to visit if they can. I'll post the answer to that question as soon as I know. Other than that I'm not sure what else there is to do. I'll ask Judy for suggestions if she has any. Thanks for asking TDQ. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to both Wayne and Judy.

                                                                              1. All the best to Chino Wayne and Judy. More people than you realize appreciate the contributions of Wayne to the site, and I am sure we are all cheering for his recovery.

                                                                                1. What a long haul for him. Thank you for the update, servorg. My continued prayers and thoughts are for Wayne and his family...

                                                                                  1. I've wondered about Chino Wayne, one of my all-time favourite posters here on CH. I'm sorry to hear about his illness - and I hope all of our good thoughts make it through the hills and valleys to his wryly smiling heart.

                                                                                    1. Any updates I only hope that no news is good news.

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                                                                                      1. re: yimster

                                                                                        I didn't get to visit Wayne this past Sunday. I plan on going next Sunday. I think that things are still tough. Wayne is able to understand everything that is said, but he can't easily communicate because of the ventilator. Just being in bed for so long is taking a toll on him. I keep my fingers crossed and just hope for the best. Thanks for your post and everyone, please keep sending those good thoughts, positive energy and prayers. Wayne can use all of them.

                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                          Thanks for the update, Servorg, as tenuous as it is. Please give him our very best wishes.

                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                            Please send him my best. We only know each other on line but I hope to meet him one day

                                                                                        2. I had a really encouraging email from Judy yesterday. Wayne is doing much better. He is eating a bit of "real" food and the rehab folks can put in a "speech valve" into his throat area where the respirator connects, so he can really talk. He also got his laptop connected through the rehab facility's WiFi, so for all I know he has reviewed this thread himself.

                                                                                          Wayne is at day 93, between his hospital stay and the rehab facility, so this really has been a long haul Thank you ALL for your kind words, thoughts, prayers and positive energy. I tell Wayne about each and every post here when I visit and I plan on seeing him tomorrow. I'll post again here next week after my visit if there is more to relay to you all. I felt so good after getting Judy's email.

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                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                            Thanks very much for the update, Servorg! That Is encouraging news, indeed. Continued thoughts and prayers for Chino Wayne's recovery.

                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                              Thanks for keeping us updated, Servorg. I'm glad we're getting some good news!

                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                Super glad to hear this. Continuing to send my good wishes and positive vibes.

                                                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                  What great news!

                                                                                                  I'm sure they are beyond thrilled with the good progress. It must feel wonderful for Wayne to be able to communicate more easily. I imagine that first bite of real food tasted heavenly no matter what it was!

                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                    Thank you so much for reporting back. All my best to Wayne and Judy.

                                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                      Very glad to hear he's doing so much better - thanks for the update, Servorg!

                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                        So nice to hear good news. Keep plugging along Chino Wayne, we're rooting for you!

                                                                                                        1. Wayne is on my top-4 list of all-time favorite chow hounds. I discovered him years back when he was doing those marvelous trip journals. "What a terrific writer and personality" I thought.

                                                                                                          Come back, Wayne - and let us enjoy more of you.

                                                                                                          1. Totally great news, so for Chino Wayne there are so many reasons (people here) to plug away and get through these difficulties. Get better soon! we all say.

                                                                                                            1. I am so very sorry to have to let the community know that Wayne passed away this morning. Judy called to let me know that he died of an apparent heart attack at the rehab hospital.

                                                                                                              I don't know about a service yet, but I'll post if there is an address to use for condolence cards when Judy let's me know what the plans are.

                                                                                                              This is a very sad day. I just wanted to thank each and every one of you that took the time to post here and to send your thoughts and prayers to Judy and Wayne.

                                                                                                              RIP Ollie...

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                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                Oh my.

                                                                                                                Thank you for letting us know.

                                                                                                                My thoughts are with you, Judy and other loved ones.
                                                                                                                He will be missed by many.

                                                                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                  Oh no! I'm so very very sorry. Please send Judy our love and prayers. Wayne was loved by so many people and held a very special place in my heart in particular.

                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                    Oh no... I'm so very sorry. I was hoping for more good news. Sending my sincere condolences to all Wayne's family and friends. Such a sad day.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                      Oh that's so sad! It sounded like he was doing so well. Deepest condolences to all who knew him personally.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                        This is very sad news. My condolences to Judy and all who knew him.

                                                                                                                        Tonight, in tribute to one of the greatest Chowhound contributers ever, i will make a plate of snacks, pull up the following link and read through my favorite Chino Wayne trip reports. There will be laughter, maybe some tears and thanks that he shared his life with us so eloquently.

                                                                                                                        He will be missed.

                                                                                                                        http://www.chow.com/search?search_boa...

                                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                          I'm really sorry to hear this. Please tell his wife he's left behind a lot of CH friends who will miss him. My condolences to her.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                            Oh I'm sorry to read this. My thoughts are with Judy and family, and all of his friends.

                                                                                                                            Thanks to you, Servorg, for keeping us informed.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                              I am so sorry to hear this. I was hoping for some developing news that he was getting much better.

                                                                                                                              He is deeply missed.

                                                                                                                              RIP Chino Wayne

                                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                Thank you, Servorg. This is very hard to hear. He'll be missed by so many. Please deliver a hug to Judy from me. Pat

                                                                                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                  Very sorry to hear this. He'll be missed. RIP, Chino Wayne.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                    Please send Judy my deepest condolences; Judy and Wayne remain in my thoughts. This is heartbreaking. We have lost a true chowhound; he was one of the greatest, and he gave so much. I will miss him dearly.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                      I'm so very sorry to hear this. I had hoped from your previous post that he was on the mend. My thoughts are with Wayne and his family.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                        I remember how on the evening of September 11, 2001, most people weren't that interesting in discussing food, but many hounds checked in to make sure we hadn't lost any NYC-based regulars (a few, we knew, worked at WTC).

                                                                                                                                        It was an unusual exception to accommodate such talk, and I allowed it only with trepidation. Chowhound's useful insofar as it's food-focused, so I fretted about setting a precedent. We didn't want to do sprawling group hugs each time something went wrong in the world or in our lives. We'd lose the all-essential focus that makes Chowhound such a rich resource.

                                                                                                                                        I no longer run this site, but seeing this thread doesn't even twitch my site-management instincts. Losing Chino Wayne is a big, big deal. This needs to be here.

                                                                                                                                        Will this open a road to threads announcing the personal tragedies and triumph of site users? No. This is different. An exception must be made, and I feel like everyone knows it and feels it. On 9/11, I was hesitant. Here, I'm not. This is the first interruption on Chowhound in 17 years that makes me think, yes, we unquestionably need to mark this moment.

                                                                                                                                        Everyone who knew Wayne (much less knew him as long as I did - he was one of our earliest users, and most generous supporters and volunteers) knows that he deserves exceptions to be made for him.

                                                                                                                                        Chino Wayne was one of a kind. All dead people are the nicest people in the world - paean's the great upside of death. But, trust me, in this case it's no exaggeration: Wayne actually was the nicest guy in the world.

                                                                                                                                        Sorrowfully,

                                                                                                                                        JIM

                                                                                                                                        PS - This would be a good time to have a look at Wayne's web site. It's bursting with the talent, wit, and engagingly skewed sensibility that made many of us love him: http://www.waynefrost.com

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jim Leff

                                                                                                                                          Thanks for linking Wayne's website, Jim. I should have thought to do that, but I didn't so I'm glad you remembered to honor him in that way. I am also so glad that I bought a couple of Wayne's photos from his website. We spoke every week, come hell or high water. Usually dissecting the problems with the world, or shaking our heads at the crazy, inexplicable shenanigans going on in Washington. Wayne's sense of humor was prodigious, as was his way with words. But his sense of what makes a good friend tick was always spot on. I'll miss him too much, but that's probably a good thing in some respects.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                            I feel blessed to have been given a chance to know him via post. We had hope to get together and break bread which we will not be able to do so now.

                                                                                                                                            Please pass on my deepest feeling to his family. I know that he is eat well in chowhound heaven.

                                                                                                                                            His passion for food was well know in his postings.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: Jim Leff

                                                                                                                                            There's people in your life who you instantly connected to. Wayne's way of writing drew me into this community in the old-school days of plain-text Chowhound.

                                                                                                                                            It wasn't just the way he wrote about food, but the way he wrote about his world. His wife Judy. Their car Herman. He spun stories like a favorite uncle and through some of his epic posts, I tagged along vicariously on their family trips to eat something wonderful.

                                                                                                                                            The Amtrak story was one of those: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/289793

                                                                                                                                            In real life, Wayne was as charming and warm and affable and occasionally cranky as he came across online. I had the chance to meet him a bunch over the years at Chowhound meetups, and got to understand how devoted he was to this site's mission, and the people who made it their online home.

                                                                                                                                            He had health problems for a long time, but he was making improvements in the past year. His death still feels sudden and shocking to me. I can't believe he's gone.

                                                                                                                                            I'm going to miss you Big Fella.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Professor Salt

                                                                                                                                              The Amtrak story was my introduction to Wayne. I fell in love instantly! We travel Amtrak often and he described the experience perfectly. Not to mention poetically.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Professor Salt

                                                                                                                                                And THAT was an amazing read. The reader was truly along for the ride.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                    Beautiful - that's the Chino Wayne most of us remember - full of wit :-)

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Professor Salt

                                                                                                                                                    Excellent and spot-on description of the Amtrak Experience.

                                                                                                                                                    Wayne sounds like a fascinating and well-loved man. RIP.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Professor Salt

                                                                                                                                                      Although I've never had such a difficult journey on Amtrak, Mr. Frost's description paints a really interesting portrait-- his positivity in the face of delays, his ability to roll with the punches and turn it into an adventure rather than see it as an ordeal (along with his willingness to do it all again). It all speaks volumes about the type of person he was. Terribly sad for his dear wife. Please do pass along my condolences.

                                                                                                                                                      Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                  3. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                    It's hard to think of Wayne without smiling, but it's a little harder to smile today. Thank you, Servorg, for sharing the sad news. I know it isn't easy for you. Best to Judy and all those who mourn this huge loss.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                      Oh my!!! I've been following this topic intermittently and had a good feeling that he was doing OK. So sad!!! Prayers and hugs to his family and to those of you who knew him best. Well................ to all who have been aware and following this.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                        Wow! Just took the posted link to Wayne's site and saw some of his work. I knew I liked him as a hound; now I know I would have liked him even more had I known him personally.

                                                                                                                                                        The '62 Corvette below was my pride and joy for years. RIP Wayne!!!!

                                                                                                                                                      2. Please pass along my best wishes too. Sadly, I guess that's why he hasn't been posting on the site recently.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Sad news indeed. Thanks for keeping us informed Servorg.

                                                                                                                                                          Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                          1. Oh no. So sad to read this. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends now.

                                                                                                                                                            1. RIP Wayne and my deepest condolences Judy. My prayers are with you and your family.

                                                                                                                                                              1. I'm really sorry to hear this. The updates were giving us hope for his recovery, so this came as more of a blow than expected.

                                                                                                                                                                I'm pleased to have counted Chino Wayne as a friend, and only wish I could have done so for much, much longer.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                                                  Judy was in a state of shock because Wayne had been doing much better. Being blindsided with that sort of terrible news is never going to be anything but devastating. I know that's the way I felt when she called with the news. I was sort of going "What?" a few times before it sunk in. Thanks to everyone for their kind words. Judy does look at this thread, so I know that those words will mean a lot to her.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                    I've been really struck by this line from his artist statement:

                                                                                                                                                                    "as you get older you learn to savor every moment, there is no point in wasting any of those new moments regretting what you could have done in the past."

                                                                                                                                                                    Wayne's passing is a good reminder to use that thought as a daily touchstone.

                                                                                                                                                                    A truly close friend is such a gift. Again, Servorg, I am sorry for your loss. Wayne seems to be the type person who touched many very deeply. Which is a wonderful legacy when you think about it.

                                                                                                                                                                2. I knew it when I opened the thread.

                                                                                                                                                                  RIP. Prayers for Wayne and his family.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. For anyone here that wants to send a note or a card please direct them to:

                                                                                                                                                                    Judy Frost and Family
                                                                                                                                                                    13080 Boston Ave
                                                                                                                                                                    Chino, Ca 91710

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                      Farewell old buddy. I really enjoyed knowing you.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. There was a very nice graveside service for Wayne yesterday. Because Wayne was a veteran of the US Navy there was a 4 member honor guard who performed a flag folding ceremony and gave the folded flag to Judy. Then the bugler performed taps as we all stood. Judy asked me to say a few words and I started off with "I met Wayne on the Internet, but no dating was involved." I spoke about Wayne's love of Chowhound and the wonderful writing he did here (I mentioned the train trip to New Orleans post - so thanks for that Prof. Salt). He was interred at the top of a hill at the Forest Lawn in Covina with a view to the hills across the expanse. I closed by saying having Wayne as my friend was both a pleasure and an honor.

                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you all again for what you came here to write and share. I told Judy that if she wanted to write something up at some future point I would be glad to post it.

                                                                                                                                                                      I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and don't forget to hug your friends and family when you see them...

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                        "I met Wayne on the Internet but there was no dating involved"

                                                                                                                                                                        I laughed and smiled at that. Your humorous opening would have made Wayne proud I think.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you for sharing this, Servorg.
                                                                                                                                                                          I feel proud to have known Wayne Frost, if only by reading his Chino Wayne posts. And now by seeing his artwork - I see another dimension of him. There are many places I am familiar with from my home town that he re-imagined in his art and brought them new life. Wayne Frost had many gifts.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                            I have one of his photos on my living room wall. He sent it to me during a rough patch of my own. He was a good friend to me, even though we'd never met face to face. My favorite stories of his involved his cats. He sure did love those cats! Thanks, Servorg, for being there for Judy and in a way, for all of us. Pat

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Pat Hammond

                                                                                                                                                                              The last time I saw Wayne at the rehab hospital he told me that one of the things he was most looking forward to was getting home to be with his kitties. I think the kitties were extra motivation and why he was working so hard to get better.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                Very sad that it didn't work out that way.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Just seeing this thread for the first time and sorry to read down to the bad news. I always looked for Chino Wayne's threads since I relocated from SF years ago. He was one of the few-ish posters giving some good info about eats in the Western IE. I discovered Owen's Bistro in Chino because of him--now a favorite for local special occasions. I just looked at his website for the first time and LOVE the pic of the Red Hill Coffee Shop. Just great. fyi, he has a pic of the fairly recently closed Red Hill BBQ. It is now a tamale shop (not tried).

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Just seeing this for the first time. My condolences to Wayne's family. I've not been a regular on CH the last couple years..and found this to be surprising and sad, esp when you spend years on this community. There's something about online personalities that seem eternal....

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I am not sure how I could have missed this. Wayne was wonderful. He will be sorely missed. I had the great fortune of meeting him and Judy on several occasions over the years. The last time we met was at a BBQ Contest in the OC (Prof Salt was a competitor). It was so lovely to see them again. He always had a smile on his face and was so fun to talk to. I will miss you Wayne and send hugs and prayers to Judy and your family!! God bless!!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Chino Wayne's posts were part of my introduction to Chowhound and I considered his posts a "must read" whenever I opened the board...so very very sad to read of his passing. My sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I'm also just seeing the news about Wayne for the first time, and I'm very sad. I can remember reading that Amtrak story back in 2002; it was one of the key posts that got me to stop stalking the site and start posting.

                                                                                                                                                                                    And I have some emails with Wayne from 2004, only tangentially on the subject of food, and more focused on railroading. PayOrPlay Jr. was then not yet three years old, very much in a toddler-train-loving phase, and Wayne generously shared his expertise. One of the places he recommended was the Orange Empire Railroad Museum in Perris. Somehow we never made it out there until just a few months ago, and we thought of Wayne while we were there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: PayOrPlay

                                                                                                                                                                                      How was the museum in Perris ? I'm pretty sure that there is not much else to do in Perris. And more importantly, I'm quite sure there is a lack of great or even good eats there.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                        Are you kidding? Perris from the sky(dive) is breathtaking...(especially if your main doesn't deploy).

                                                                                                                                                                                        More importantly I purchased two of Wayne's train photos. One I gave to a friend in Albuquerque, and he has it hanging in his office and the other I have hanging in my office at home. Every time I look at it I think of Wayne.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I'm not really a fan of skydiving, I'd rather take my chances with the number 106 on the chengduy taste menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: PayOrPlay

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd like to think that somewhere Wayne is smiling that you and your son enjoyed the museum in Perris on his recommendation.

                                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ