[vcf-midatlantic] Ken Thompson video

laurakid laurakid7 at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 10 14:36:15 EST 2020


was in response to David’s post....  i see the thread has grown


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On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 2:32 PM, laurakid via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

Ok I’ll do it....   My reaction to Evan’s post is that it is petty and (not so) passive aggressive. With all of planning for Festivus going on without him, he is reliving past misperceptions of being tossed out of VCF.  In reality, the group he started had grown with the help of many who he refused to let grow up with it.  
Once VCF became a non-profit and a board was in place, he was annoyed that he could no longer be “president”.   No one ever challenged Evan’s importance and his role as the founder and leader of VCF.  However, after years of having suggestions, ideas, and objections fall on deaf ears, the board members came to an agreement to form a committee so that VCF could be operated and developed with a democratic process rather than what often seemed like a dictatorship.  
Evan, I apologize that this sounds rash, but in person we had conversations while working together in the warehouse where you admitted that you were annoyed at people for not doing things your way and that other members were on your nerves with opposing views.  You also admitted that you were extremely stubborn and reluctant to listen to or acknowledge the contributions of others, myself included.
 I think you are a generally decent guy who like all humans has flaws.  Currently, those are coming out in your recent posts.   You created something great and when it grew, you continued to work with great people to make it even bigger and better.  But when it got big enough that you needed to cooperate more with others, you opted out.
In closing: A parent must let their teenager have more freedom to make their own decisions despite their objections to let them grow and thrive.  You were a great parent, and still can be, you just need to let your child grow up.  You can remain a part of it’s life if you can understand that it is growing up and has its own ideas.  Throwing “I told you so” at it will only grow frustration and resentment.  
Hope all is well with you and that this message is read as the constructive criticism it was meant to be.
Best,
Laura
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On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 12:19 PM, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

On 11/10/20 11:52 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
 > Last year I got Ken Thompson to come to VCF East and arranged for
 > Brian to be there too.
 >
 > The video reached 100,000 views today: https://youtu.be/EY6q5dv_B-o
 > ... no other VCF video is even close.

  I'm quite certain that I'm not the only person who wants to say 
something negative about this post.  But, I'm honestly rather tired of 
being the guy who speaks up and says what everyone else is thinking, and 
gets a dozen or more private replies in agreement, but not a single 
public voice of agreement.  So, I will keep my mouth shut and let 
someone else perform the service.

              -Dave

-- 
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA








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