A Tribute: Albert “Al” Rizzo (May 27, 1934 – May 3, 2021)
The pool and spa industry recently lost one of its founding fathers and most influential figures, the magnetic, always colorful and sometimes irascible, Al Rizzo.  His career building pools spanned more than six decades, during which time he doggedly worked to unify and elevate the industry he loved. ...
Remembering Andreas Sofikitis
Andreas Sofikitis, president of Sofikitis Decorative Stones, passed away on October 28, 2014, the victim of a hit-and-run accident.   I first met him at a trade show more than a dozen years ago and was immediately struck by what a nice guy he was as well as his level of enthusiasm and passion for his work.  But I was even more impressed when I saw what he was producing in his fabrication shop and recognized that he was a game-changer in
2015/2.1, February 4 — Disney’s Wave, Sloshing Fountains, Balanced Water and more
Ripples #72
Compiled and written by Lenny Giteck Indian Monkey Swims Daily Laps in Mumbai Public Pool
2011/1.2, January 26 — Painting with Stone, Ozone’s Capabilities, Mark Urban and more
January 26, 2011 WATERSHAPES.COM PONDCRAFT The Artistry of ‘Painting’ with Stone Stone comes in many…
Remembering Mark Urban
By now you may have heard the news that Mark Urban, valve designer/manufacturer and gifted innovator in pool/spa technology, died in December of bone cancer. He was 70. The facts of his life have been covered in detail elsewhere, so instead of restating that information, I’d like to
James R. McNicol, 1934-2001
I was deeply saddened when I learned that Jim McNicol passed away in April 2001.  He had been struggling with respiratory disease and other ailments for many months - and suffering far more, I'm sure, than he would have ever let on to those around him.   He was a disciplined and creative thinker, and with his passing the industry has lost one of its true innovators and most devoted, respected and admired teachers.  For those of us who knew him, we have all lost a good friend. I knew Jim for more than 10 years, and he was among the first people we turned to when we were framing WaterShapes' content in its earliest stages.  His column, "Things Electric," ran in the magazine's premiere issue in February 1999 and was