Good-bye, Ed.

We met a few times in real life, but I heard from him often in emails. It was either to let me know of a story that he thought would interest me, or to tell me how wrong I was about something, or to correct my typos.  You see, “Ed” stood for Editor, and he was the editor of Blawg Review.

Ed had a few rules: First, no one ever showed a picture of his face. He was anonymous, and it was his desire to stay that way.  To my knowledge, no one has been so unkind as to ever post a pic of Ed. Second, everyone called him Ed. He spoke of his life, but he was still always Ed. That’s how he wanted it, and so it was respected.

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This morning, Ed’s son twitted the terribly sad news:

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Newcomers to the blawgosphere might not know of Ed., as Blawg Review wore out as too many lawyers became self-promoters rather than members of the blawgosphere. It reflected a golden age of blawging, where we weren’t in it for the money or phony prestige, but for the good we could do and the camaraderie of being part of something more important than ourselves.  And Ed was at the helm.

He was a great friend. I will miss him.  Rest in peace, Ed.

13 comments on “Good-bye, Ed.

    1. SHG Post author

      You, Colin Samuels and Turk were the best when it came to BR. I sucked something awful. And he was still kind enough to be a friend to a slacker like me.

  1. Keith Lee

    Very sad to hear of his passing. All the best to his family.

    Ed was very encouraging of me as I started blogging, even when I wasn’t too sure of myself. I came right at the tail end of Blawg Review, but it opened my eyes to the legal blogging world. Without my initial exposure to Ed, Blawg Review, and the community surrounding it, I don’t know if I would have continued blogging.

    Rest in peace and godspeed.

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  3. Turk

    In an era where many see anonymity as an excuse to behave badly, he was, among many, many things, a great example how one can be both anonymous and honorable.

  4. Dan

    Damn. I met him when he took the time to come by my office to introduce himself. What a guy. What a blog. He truly was a leader in the field and I missed his blawg review and I will now miss him as well. Those truly were the good ol’ days…

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