Sorry that this is three years late, but you mentioned that Ron moved to a Wordpress site. Do you have the url? Ron's last post in this discussion is from nearly six years ago. As he was in his "90th year" back then, I'm hoping he's still with us and in good health. Has anybody heard from him recently?
The Internet Archive/Wayback Machine is great for archiving websites. Another good way to preserve a site is to set up a blog on Wordpress.com/ Unlike a self-hosted blog, it won't disappear if the author gives up on it and the webhosting service deletes the site. I have a few abandoned blogs on both Wordpress.com and Blogspot/Blogger. They've been there for years, most of them more than a decade. I don't know if either Google or Automatic have a time limit on abandoned blogs before they delete them, but if they have, it must be a VERY long one.
Andrew, did you ever find that zip file of Ron's original site? If you did, I'd really, really appreciate it if you could let me have a copy.
Thanks in advance.