As you might expect, they're almost all men, but the assumption-meeting ends there. Some haven't been involved in years; some are still making new RFCs. Some made five-star generals or CEOs, some are fixing vending machines or just enjoying their grandkids. They don't even really see each other except on that one day a year.
"What's the deal with my uncles always forwarding chain emails?" I asked. The question has to be Internet-related, and I couldn't think of anything else.
They conferred a bit and then came back with their answer. "Because they love you, of course. It's a generational thing. Their generation made a habit of sending newspaper clippings to each other if something seemed interesting. Nobody had a national searchable archive, so it was a vital means of spreading valuable information. More than that, though, it showed someone you were thinking of them. You Gen-Xers with your information glut problems see it as getting spammed by family, so maybe you should just ignore the content and interpret it as a note saying hello, no message, just thinking of you. You still like those, right, son?"
"Did you just say that to make me feel guilty?" I asked.
"Sorry, one question only."
Whoever wins next year, could you do me a solid and check on that? Thanks.