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My brother-in-law is not "geeky"

 

     

      
    My brother-in-law is not "geeky"

    In response to the May 2 article, "Putting a kind face on copyright battles":

    The article did a fine job of summarizing the issues, but I must contest one part of the article. In the article, you describe Ed Felten as "a geeky Princeton professor." Ed is a professor and he does work for Princeton. However, he is not geeky.

    Ed is my brother-in-law and is very well-rounded. He lettered in three sports in college and played varsity sports in high school. He also played the piano and had the lead in a high school play.

    Ed is a committed family man who loves to play with his daughter and his nieces and nephews. He and his wife, Laura, are great parents and are a lot of fun to be around. Ed is easygoing, personable and well-spoken. I realize that most of this information is not relevant to your article, but characterizing Ed as "geeky" does nothing but reinforce stereotypes.

    He is a great guy and I'm proud to be part of his family. I just wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that these are some of the reasons that Ed makes a good "poster child" in the fight against copyright holders. He's a normal guy who wants the freedom to pursue his scientific work without threat of lawsuit.

    Thanks for listening. It was a great article.

    Sara Walker
    Nashville, Tenn.