My most vivid recollection of Gary occurred when he told his story and fielded questions on the George Noory talk/call in radio show several years ago. Noory had always been accommodating to marijuana supporters and frequently had them on his program, but one strongly suspected that this was mostly a matter of bringing controversy and juice to his many listeners. I was sitting across the table from Noory as Gary, in simple, direct language related his moving story of how medical marijuana transformed his life from one of bed-ridden semi consciousness to an active, productive state so admired by his many friends. The transformation in Noory's face and in his conversation was palpable. That night he became a believer. It almost seemed, one could imagine, that a hush had come over the radio audience And I can assure readers there were no more "marijuana is not medicine" calls that night". If only for that one episode will I always remember and admire Gary.Ebner's obit notes that he attended the Belleville Community College and graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in 1999 with a B.A. in philosophy. He taught at the Community College in Carbondale while also working on his masters in philosophy.
We will all miss the guy who made the most of the hand he was dealt.
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