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Rudi's moonies

Moonies. That is what he called us - Reuters first US municipal bond news desk back in August 1994. We were a collection of odd ducks he took under his wing and supported a fledgling news desk as it evolved to cover US state and local governments and their debt stories.

Rudi was especially energised with us when Orange County, California, went bankrupt and there was a team in place to cover it. He made sure we had resources and that other desks would not steal staff for other tasks. He even made sure we had mobile phones - an expensive and rare commodity back then. And he was fun. Always a remark or a jab here and there to let us know he was paying attention. Thanks Rudi. ■