Thank you, Geekadelphia and everybody who made it the site and community that it is.
The original email chain between Eric Smith and me that got me writing for Geekadelphia is lost to the depths of Gmail, but I am happy that I can point to an article about the Franklin Institute by Ben Novack as the piece that let me think I could be part of this wonderful world, too. I think I sent Eric my resume and offered to send him my academic writing samples, as well. He politely declined and encouraged me to start right away. Since then, I’ve had so many heartwarming opportunities through this site. I toured barns in Bucks County.* I enjoyed free, intimate access at the Wagner Free Institute of Science and the Rosenbach. The National Museum of American Jewish History invited me to preview their Bill Graham exhibit. Kevin Allison, Chris Gethard, and Jen Kirkman, some of my comedy heroes, called me so I could ask them questions and tell them about Philadelphia. Natalie Wall and I first talked to each other for a piece I was writing about her Awkward Sex storytelling show in the summer of 2015, which has turned into a collaboration and friendship in multiple forms. Plus, I had the chance over and over to interview people I know for the site and hear about their geeky loves: Quinton J. Alexander, Jacquie Baker, and Matt Aukamp and Pat Reber to name only a sample. Writing for Geekadelphia has given me so much knowledge and love.
My to-do list for Geekadelphia isn’t done. I still have books to read, interviews to conduct, and nooks to explore. If you’re reading this and want to support local writers, know that I and many other writers look forward to creating in the future.
And on top of all that, I’ve met the area’s finest geeks at the Geek Awards for the past two years. Each time brought tears to my eyes as I witnessed the power of passions.
Thanks for being a significant, impactful part of my Philadelphia, Geekadelphia.
* – I’m sorry that I sent a very long, badly formatted Word document draft of this piece to the entire writers’ list. It was a n00b mistake. Mikey and Eric, I hope you have forgiven me.
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