No, I did not know him personally. But I enjoy these books by him:
Barbie Doll Around the World Identification and Values 1964-2007. Collectors Books. Paducah, Kentucky, 2007.
Barbie Doll Collector's Editions Identification and Values. 2008 Edition. Collectors Books. Paducah, Kentucky, 2008.
Collector's Encyclopedia of Barbie Doll Exclusives Identification and Values. Third Edition. Collectors Books. Paducah, Kentucky, 2005.
I LOVE seeing fashion dolls online, but holding a clean, crisp doll reference book - now that is delightful. I can curl up with such a book. I enjoy seeing photographs of dolls I have and dolls I do not have. Having the dolls, being able to touch them in the vinyl is best, yes. Eh, but there is something soothing about turning pages and soaking in the visuals. That's a a nice pre-sleep activity - because it takes me away from the computer screen, the television, work activities, and more intense reading. I thank the talented authors like the late Mr. Augustyniak who allow me to have this experience. This post is my tribute to him.
Additional books he has written and provided photography for include:
Barbie Boom: Identification and Values
(This last one I intend to buy someday: it has the Young Sweethearts and other playscale but NOT directly Barbie-related dolls.)
For additional information about Mr. Augustyniak, please see these websites:
Collectorbook author biography, scroll to the second entry (web page dated 2007)
Fort Wayne, Indiana Journal Gazette Interview, August 16, 2008
You can sign the legacy book for Mr. Augustyniak online if you wish. May he rest in peace. My sympathy to his family.