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I have signed on for this lunch - as you will have seen if all went well with your website. But I have a very strong protest about the organization of this event. It seems to have been defined as something having relevance only for social network specialists which I view as a very narrow constructional approach. Yes, while I understand this focus, I have to state emphatically that social relations in our field extend far further than the relations of those of us who actually do network research.
In this context, I have to add that while Lin had a truly major impact on our field, Sue Freeman who seems to have been forgotten in the arrangement of this event, also had an important influence. I think that this apparent exclusion this as appalling. Both of them had great impacts on the lives of others in our community - on both the research front and socially in the organization of our field. This had great value and extended well beyond to network researchers. In my view, this must never be forgotten. If you had bothered to read my tribute to Lin AND Sue in Connections, you will have some understanding of my protest.
But you may think that I am a totally deluded and ancient idiot focused too much on the social relations of our field. Fair enough - but, as I see it, the organization of this event totally denies the the role that Lin AND Sue both played. I will show up, accompanied by my wife who was very close to both Lin and Sue, as I was. Of course, as a spouse of a network analyst, you will think her presence will be worthless. If you choose to exclude her presence because of her lesser status relative the august members of the social network research community, so be it. In case you have not noticed, I am really pissed about the organization of this event. If changes could be made to reflect my objections, I will appreciate them greatly.