Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg has passed away. The project has posted a brief obituary, linked below.
Hart was a huge visionary, and I think we've only just begun to realize the enormous and wondrous possibilities that digitization can provide for literacy. As Hart said, "One thing about eBooks that most people haven't thought much is that eBooks are the very first thing that we're all able to have as much as we want other than air. Think about that for a moment and you realize we are in the right job."
I'm very thankful for Hart and for Project Gutenberg, one of the very best projects on the Internet.