Chuck Harris passed away yesterday. He was best known for his hand made rear view mirrors, which he made entirely from recycled materials, but he was also a pioneer and innovator. He was making his own bicycle components in the 50s when good stuff wasn't readily available in the US. I knew him and saw him at least once every year at TOSRV, but not this year because he had a stroke before the event.
Here's an ugly-looking link to an Adventure Cycling article about him:
There's also in article about him in the Rivendell Reader, but I lost that issue.