• Steve McGarvey. Thanks, boss, for setting me up with the blog and letting me run with it. Hope you've been happy with it.

  • Chad Nykamp. I can't believe LOST was only 18 episodes in when I started with Salem. I still remember you looking at me cockeyed wondering if I was really a LOSTie, or just someone claiming to be. And all it took was about 50 good conversations to earn your trust and respect (cue email from Chad saying "Where did you get the crazy idea I respect you?"). Have truly enjoyed the Q&A sessions with you, so thanks for that, and the fact your mom was the first person to ever tell me she was a fan of the blog. Still waiting to get your take on the finale!

  • Kelly Good. Excellent job coming as close as possible to the new Chad once he ran away to Florida. You've been a real help with talking out theories and sending over your research.

  • John Sizemore. Just being the spitting image of John Locke would be enough. But contributing your takes each week has been much appreciated.

  • Fred Alberti.  My co-originator of the LOST Lunch. I do miss going to Buffalo Wild Wings for discussion, but we just grew too big for everyone to be a part of it!

  • Scott & Cindy Bartley.  We have endured scorn, my sad little friends, at the hands of those who don't understand our obsession. But thank you for helping me fend off the Philistines, and being the only ones who can truly even try to understand what it's like to try to watch the show with Val.

  • Nicole Gardner.  I always looked forward to your upbeat, excited takes, Nicole, on how it's "all about love. The rest is just chaos."Amen.

  • Holly McEvoy. Thanks for recommending and reading, Sis. I think you were my only fan for a while. I love that this gave us another way to connect.

  • Valerie McEvoy.  Thanks for being the Penny to my Desmond (yes, I said Desmond. This is my blog, my farewell, I get to choose to be the coolest character I wish). Your understanding that this was a journey I had to take, even if it began with you barely seeing me in January when I did the Seasons 1-5 Marathon, was so appreciated. If you want, you can take a page out of Faraday's journal and write yourself a note that says, "If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume (a.k.a. me) will be my Constant!" And so I shall. Love you. Have enjoyed the LOST journey with you, even if I did have to banish you to the other room for thinking Frank's last name was "The [male anatomy]."

Bye, gang. It's been a blast. See you on the other side.

--shawn