I used to cycle a lot when I was younger, my bike eventually got stolen, other things became more important. About 3~4 years ago I won some money on the lottery... enough to put towards a bike. I did some research, I wanted something simple, easy to maintain and that would give me a decent workout. I found Sheldon Browns website, explaining the virtues of SS and fixed. I bought a Marin Dominican. The day after I flipped the wheel and took off the rear brake (I figured I'd been off the bike long enough it would almost be like learning to ride again, so why not start as I meant to go on). I haven't looked back since. It doesn't look much like the original Dominican any more (bars, forks, stem, seat etc. all changed).
Although I never met the man, I was sad to hear of his passing, and still thank him silently to this day for the advice he gave me via his website. Thanks Sheldon.