Last week I was tagged by Jorge Segarra (a/k/a @SQLChicken) in a meme started by Chris Shaw, who asked a great question about leaders in one’s career. In reflecting on my response, it occurred to me that there was only one of the people I listed who it was possible for me to be in touch with, but wasn’t. I even remarked on it in the post:
I haven’t spoken with John [Stier] in 25 years, and that makes me sad.
Well, we live in the Information Age, where happy endings are possible for certain episodes of sadness brought on by ignorance. I surfed out to the Stony Brook University website and discovered that my first professional mentor is still working there, and still in the tech arena.
I sent him and email and he replied less than two hours later. I’m back in touch with John, and it looks like he and my father have a chance to renew their acquaintance as well.
So if you’re ever wondering if anything good can flow from participating in a meme, here’s one data point in their support. Thanks, Chris and Jorge, for motivating me to do something that I clearly should’ve done a long time ago!
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