Last night I went to a panel discussion about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. It was absolutely fascinating. One of the panelists was someone I knew when I was an undergraduate*, a man who is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever known, and who has, shall we say, gone on to do something with his life. I had not seen him in thirty years.
During the presentation, I saw him glance my way a few times with a puzzled expression on his face. I approached him after the talk to say hello.
“Hi, I don’t think you…”
“It is you!” he exclaimed, and I was enveloped in a great hug.
“So you remember me?”
“I’m struggling with your name…”
“Of course! And when you light up you look so much more like Pat Greene.” (I had grinned when he said he remembered me.)
It was quite lovely. I did not get a real chance to talk to him — when I left he was talking to a bunch of comp sci students about the panel topic — but it was still gratifying.
But is also got me thinking. People do seem to remember me, although many people have trouble with names. On sort of general principle (the principle being I hate how I look) I have never had a photo on my LinkedIn account. But it would be a very good idea to add one. (I have not used my icon from this blog mainly because of the clutter in the background, although the picture you see here is one of the very few I actually like.)
[Images removed: I’ve gotten feedback, made my choice, and decided to remove the pics.]
So, what do you think? Two with the scarf, two without, one without glasses. I’m not going to say which one I like best.
And, certainly, feel free to say whether you think I should scrap the whole thing. Particularly if you are willing to take better photos yourself.
*And on whom I had a serious crush. Not that I ever told anyone about this, least of all him.