Business and civic leader Leland P. Cook Jr. passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness at the age of 75. …In 1985, Leland and his oldest son Byron started TRADEWEST, which initially licensed and marketed coin-operated video games, including the top selling game in 1986, Ikari Warrior. …In 1987, TRADEWEST became a pioneering company in the new home entertainment video game industry. As one of the early licensees of Nintendo, TRADEWEST produced such classic hits as Double Dragon, Super Off Road, and Battletoads.
Our condolences go out to those that knew and loved Mr. Cook. He will sorely be missed by all those that follow the game industry. Thanks to Matt for the heads up.