A free soul he was

Janne Granberg 1962 – 2000 (Photo: Selina Fong)

Janne Granberg was a beautiful soul equipped with an unusually bright intellect. He was also my brother for 38 years.

Janne was born with an ernest curiosity, a super sharp intellect and yet had a very humble and pleasant attitude towards others. He was easy to get along with and the best and funniest friend I have ever had. I have heard tons of anecdotes where he managed to use his wit and sense of humor to brighten people up, when they needed it the most.

So, smart as he was, he had hardly finished mandatory schools before becoming a very early computer geek. In his early teens he started by becoming an audio nerd. He built his own stereos, soldering iron in one hand, and with a hacksaw in the other he constructed ridiculously large and very impressive speakers. Later, while working as a janitor at Bankgirot computer center, he saw a machine he came to love – the computer. He knew what he wanted to do.

dn18nov2000He picked up programming during coffee breaks with the programmers working there, and soon enough found himself in a superfast career. In 1994 he moved to California to work for Tandem Computers Research facilities in Silicon valley, where he became part of a small team who developed the first true non-stop computers for international money transfer systems.

Professional skateboarder

Janne was also a professional skateboarder during the 1980:s first skateboardboom in Sweden. Under the name of Pipe-Janne he competed, quite unchallenged, for the Swedish national skateboardteam as a ramp rider.

He was born august 28, 1962 in Stockholm, Sweden. Janne, me and our sister Lena grew up in Tungelsta, a small village south of Stockholm in Sweden.

He died in a plane crash october 1st, 2000, together with the rest of the people onboard including the pilot. The crash happened in the US.

Inspiring spirit

Janne has been my best friend. He was a truly supportive person and had a remarkable ability to press the right buttons that made me smile no matter how grumpy I was. Not just me by the way, but as mentioned above, most people around him could not help but smile when he was around.

He lived his last years in Santa Cruz where he had a loving relationship with Allison Cruz.

Janne was also a huge source of inspiration for many people and was engaged in a lot of activities including ultimate frisbee, surfing, skiing, hiking etc. He was also a talented and devoted photographer and he loved the Burning Man festivals – the perfect scene for him I would say 🙂

Janne is one of those inspiring spirits who for some un-eartly reason had to be yanked away from life as we know it, far too yearly.

It’s a tragic loss to the whole world that he is gone, and especially for those of us who was close to him.

Janne, you are truly and dearly missed!

Janne biking in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Burningman 2000.

Janne biking in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Burningman 2000.


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