We lost Tom one year ago today. Justin Rogers of Mlive.com wrote a nice tribute to Tom "Killer" Kowalski" and since it's better than I could write I'll provide the link here.
I'll repeat a quote from Dan Miller in this article because I think he spoke the truth.
He was (the fans') MVP," Miller said. "He was the guy that they went to every day to read and listen to his stuff. Tom was appointment reading, appointment listening and appointment viewing. Not many people can say that.