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Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 00:27:50 -0700 From: Brian Raiter To: Richard Stallman Subject: Virtual Godfather So I recently had a daughter, by the name of Alice Hardyman. Her mother, Laura Hardyman, wanted to give her a middle name of Violet, after one of the child's grandmothers. I told that, while I appreciated the sentiment, I simply couldn't bring myself to agree to giving her a middle name of Vi! Not, that is, unless she was given a second middle name of Emacs for balance. To my astonishment, Laura agreed to the compromise, with the proviso that my last name was added as a third middle name. Thus the child's legal name is Alice Violet Emacs Raiter Hardyman. (This compromise was reached almost literally as we were filling out the birth certificates. If I had had time to reflect on the matter, I would have tried to get the name Edwynna thrown in there as well. Oh well; Laura probably wouldn't have agreed to it anyway.) Anyway, recently a friend suggested to me that I should ask you to be the child's virtual godfather. Since none of us are religious, I'm not sure what being a virtual godfather would mean. But in any case, I figured you might enjoy hearing about it. b From: Richard Stallman To: Brian Raiter Subject: Re: Virtual Godfather Reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org The Church of Emacs does not have gods, so it would not make sense to have godfathers. But I could be her editorfather . I guess it would be good for me to meet her sometime. Where do you live?
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