There's a new issue of JCB out today. We'll bring you a roundup of the issue's research highlights tomorrow, but, today, we'd like to focus on our tribute to JCB’s Editor-in-Chief Alan Hall. As many of you know, Alan passed away unexpectedly a few weeks ago. To commemorate his life and scientific legacy, this issue contains two memorials. The first is an account from Alan’s close friend and early collaborator, Chris Marshall, of the start of Alan’s independent scientific career and the events that led to his seminal discoveries and to him becoming the great cell biologist we knew. The second is a touching tribute from several of Alan’s friends and colleagues. Their sentiments are echoed by the JCB staff; Alan was on the Editorial Board for 20 years and Editor-in-Chief for too short a period of time. We can take some small measure of solace in knowing that Alan’s kind and generous spirit will live on through his remarkable scientific legacy. As we all struggle to express how we feel about his sudden passing and what he meant to us and the community, I created a word cloud (on www.tagul.com) based on key words used to describe Alan in his tribute. I think this visual summary says it all.