Dear Henry,
You taught a two week class I attended in the early 1970s. I believe it was the Society’s 101. Lewis Garber was the other instructor. To this day, I share the most important lessons I learned at that class.

First thing the second Monday, you stood in front of the class and wrote an odd word on the blackboard. You asked if anyone knew what it was. The word was NOGGIN. Everyone was stumped, so you explained it was the rubble that was put between the half timbers of an English Tudor house. My explanation may not be precise, but I’ll argue I should get an A just for remembering this.
The second wasn’t so much a lesson, but a funny story. At the start of a session, with no explanation, Lewis proceed to read a very old legal description recorded in his home state of Tennessee ). It was a lengthy and eventually the class came to realize what Lewis was reading. Then came the punchline. The “coordinate” that had everyone howling was when Lewis read something to the effect of … in an easterly direction 27 rods to where Jonah shot the bear.  
Two or three years after that course, I had an appraisal assignment that took me too Connecticut. I made a point to stop in and say hello. It’s been a long time Henry. From all I can tell, it appears you are doing well. Just thought I’d say hello and wish you well.
- Mike Hesson

Dear Mike,
It was great to receive your letter. Lewis and I held the SRA record for teaching the most SRA 101 classes together. You are correct, I am doing well, writing books and enjoying working with my son H Alex producing REV Magazine. Hopefully, you are doing well too.


Your New Layout
Hi Henry,
I've been a reader of your magazine for twelve years, and have always enjoyed it. I have not read it in quite awhile, as I have been buried with things to do - but tonight I made time to sit down and savor it, as I have always enjoyed doing.

Two things I really like - first of all, the long all on one page design is so much nicer than the link back and forth between pages design. I liked it immensely - stay with this design!

And secondly, as I have only seen the picture of you that was taken in about 1965 or so (?) I had my doubts you were a real person, and if you were, you must be over 120 years old, as you never ever put a picture of yourself anywhere, save for the one file photo that is used exclusively. Now, in the latest edition, I see you do indeed exist, along with your wife Ruth, and your fine looking Son H Alex. You certainly look more "scholarly" in your recent picture. Your wife is beautiful, and your Son - now you have someone that can write a legal column - ! What a bonus!

Although I have not been around as long as some appraisers (only 12 years), I remember getting a folder from Forms and Worms the first day of my first appraisal class, here in Denver. I have purchased several books over the years, and have always appreciated that the books were totally complete, and I was thus able to learn and accelerate in my field very fast because of that.

If I were you, I'd get rid of your stock picture and make a new one with all three of you in it. Your audience is around your age, so we don't mind gray hair. It's a package deal - and your package is better than mine... so don't hide.

The best to everyone - and keep up the good work. Things are always improving.

To Success, and Nothing Less,
Rick Stillman


Dear HH,

Been in this business since 1979 ... HH -- you have been there for us with forms (before computers), advice and the most intelligent outlook on the appraisal business, way better than any of the "suits" and "academics".  It's true that icons eventually move on, but never retire. This business needs you, HH -- more than ever!! Keep up the great work...

Carol Wolfe, SRA
Certified General Appraiser, Colorado


Dear H2 & REV:

Great to know all is well. I have had you, Henry, as an instructor, and have read much of your work over my 35 years in appraising. It is amazing that at 80 years, you look so much younger. At 63, I have a desire to retire. And, you are very correct to say how quickly things are changing. I spend too much time trying to stay informed - and keep up - and don't seem to be able to do as much appraising these days. Have many happy family times, Henry! Thanks for all you do.

Charlie Weaver
Albuquerque, NM


RE: China

Dear H2,

Thank you so much for sharing your trip to China! We were there also this October, visiting a son in Hong Kong and then taking about the same tour as you did with the exception of the River tour. We really enjoyed reading your trip itenerary and looking at the corresponding photos and have the same reactions you did. Some day if you ever get a chance, go to Hong Hong. It has soooo much to offer regarding architecture as well as culture. There are about 100 islands that make up what is known as Hong Kong! And if possible, stay at the " Upper House" (which is above the Marriot Hotel) with direct views of the harbor.

Thanks again for sharing.

Judith Lichty


Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Dear REV,
Sorry to learn that Fall 2010 was the last online issue because we really enjoyed your magazine all these years, but I'm sure the new blog will be a great replacement! We look forward to our peek into Henry's appraisal knowledge with the coming of each issue. And, we want to welcome you to the neighborhood! 

We're away off from Melbourne, here in Ocala, but a heck of lot closer than Connecticut. We hope you find the Florida lifestyle to be so great that you'll soon consider your Florida home as the main base, with the alternate home way up north!
Thanks for all you do.

Dan E. Daniels
Ocala, FL 34473-3167


Happy Birthday

Dear Henry,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy 80th. I began my appraisal career in 1971. In March of 1972 I took my first Appraisal course offered by the Institute in Chicago. I believe it was one of the first courses that you taught. The other instructor was Arlen Mills. Your teaching set me on the right track to a successful professional career and I thank you for that. I hope you have many more birthdays and enjoy your time along the Florida coast.

Phil Gottfried, MAI
Ontario, CA


I Wish You Good Luck with the Blog

Dear H2,

I see that you had a glitch in your recent email when the URL for your Blog was mistyped! Accidents will happen... By the way, I still have purple rubber worms from the Forms and Worms days! I have been a fan of yours for 30 years now. Thanks and I wish you a great New Year in 2011 -- and let's hope for the same in the Appraisal Industry.

John Welter
Welter Appraisal Group


I Wish You Good Luck with the Blog

Thank You, Henry!

Since becoming a Massachusetts Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser eleven years ago, I have relied on your publications more than any other resource! You are a wealth of knowledge and a leader in our profession. I have thoroughly enjoyed your inaugural Blog.

Susan Lyman


Dear HH,

Been in this business since 1979 ... HH -- you have been there for us with forms (before computers), advice and the most intelligent outlook on the appraisal business, way better than any of the "suits" and "academics". It's true that icons eventually move on, but never retire. This business needs you, HH -- more than ever!! Keep up the great work...

Carol Wolfe, SRA
Certified General Appraiser, Colorado


I Wish You Good Luck with the Blog
Thanks for all the good help you've provided over all the years. I wish you and all the REV folks good luck with the BLOG.

Mark O’Brien


Keep Up the Good Work

Good job guys love the magazine and its content. Keep up the good work. I need all the help that I can get. I have used your services before.

Rick Dalton's Appraisal Service


It's Been A Great Ride

Dear Henry:

I can remember one of the earliest seminars I took from you -- I think it was on Hilton Head Island about 30 years ago with the AACA -- and you have always been an inspiration to me and my staff. Through your seminars, guidebooks, forms and especially those bass worms (!), you have added a dimension to the appraisal industry that isn't even closely matched by others. Maybe your name won't be on any appraisal theory or a bricks-and-mortar library but you will always be the first and foremost authority on how to survive in the appraisal business.

It's been a great ride –– and as I can see from your photos, it ain't over yet!!

Bill Buchalter
Certified Appraisal Service

P.S. Seems like Florida is a great place to be; I am writing to you from there myself. If you ever want to do some fishing or chew the fat, I am right down the road from you in Stuart.


Dear REV:

What a pleasant surprise to see email from REV magazine this AM...Like a long lost friend, I've always been happy to hear from Henry and enjoy his easy-to-comprehend take on the appraisal industry. I believe I have most every copy of REV magazine in my library and printed articles from the more recent web versions. He has the gift of getting his thoughts on paper in a way that is easily absorbed.

Happy Belated 80th Birthday and I look forward to your blog entries.

Best Wishes!
Julie Mathewson