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[private brother (1920s - 1980s)] [half]
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Edison Williams is a Project Member of the Texas
Edison Williams is a descendant of a Texas First Family who settled in the Republic of Texas before February 19, 1846.
Edison is a member of the Texas State Historical Association.
Edison is a member of the Texas State Genealogical Society.
Edison is a contributor to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy and the ISOGG Wiki.
Edison is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics.
Edison is a member of the advisory board of the Personal Genomics Foundation.
Edison is a former member of the Triple Nine Society.
Edison is a member of American Mensa.
Edison is a participant in Governor Greg Abbott's Strike Force to Open Texas in response to the COVID‑19 pandemic.
Interested in a great, broad range of subjects. Alas, master of none.
29 May 2020 Update: I was wildly optimistic about things slowing down in May. The situation and coronavirus landscape continue to change frequently, making short-term planning for my personal time—and important things like genealogy—very much like trying to nail under-refrigerated Jello to a tree. My last actual day off was Monday, March 2; I had one week in May where I put in only 70 hours, and it felt like a vacation. I even posted to G2G in my spare time.
I owe research time and communication to several WikiTreers, and to Threlkeld, Pollard, and Horton One-Name Study participants. My sincere apology for my absence. If I predict an easing of the load in June, I'll no doubt jinx things irrevocably. So I'll leave it simply as: if you're on my list, I honestly haven't forgotten. It isn't fair to ask you to continue to have patience with me, but that's my only choice. We'll have better times ahead!
1 April 2020: For the past month I have been working long hours and seven-day weeks on issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. With current regional and national projections, that work will continue at least through April or early May. If you contact me, I will certainly do my best to respond, though do please understand that my reply may be delayed longer than typical.
Stay safe; get your news from reputable sources only, not social media; and be cognizant that, beyond the medical ramifications, the economic impact will be a slower recovery, will leave millions unemployed and thousands of businesses closed, and our neighbors and communities will need our help.
- Have annoyed many people at several universities
- Used to do some teaching; that's why I can tend to get all "lecturey" in G2G
- Worked at both entrepreneurial startups and Fortune 500s
- The profile photo was not taken this year
- Published in unexpected places, like Oxford University Press...but absolutely nothing anyone would want to read
- Speaking of, one of the few people I know who owns a hardcopy of the Oxford English Dictionary...all 16 volumes and 42 shelf-inches of it (1st edition, 1978; a shame the 1989 2nd edition was the last that will ever see physical print)
- Own a set of cufflinks given to me by a former Vice President of the United States
- Manage the Guild-registered Threlkeld One-Name Study; and here on WikiTree
- Registrar with the Guild of the Pollard One-Name Study
- Administrator for the McCollough, Pollard, Teasley, and Threlkeld Surname DNA Projects at Family Tree DNA
- Blog at CountingChromosomes.com; may never become a blog/podcast combo, but that was the plan
- Aggregate daily genealogy and genetics news at TheTribune.News
- Contributing editor to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG); brief bio at ISOGG
- Once had dinner with both James Watson and Francis Crick
- Every time I think I can finally spell "DNA," I learn something I didn't know
Most Memorable Quotations
- "I started out highlighting all the quotable passages in this blog post. I gave up when I noticed that most of the text was being highlighted."
—Elizabeth Shown Mills, writing on 11 Sep 2018
about my blog post, "Genetic Genealogy and
the Dunning-Kruger Effect"
- "Hominem unius libri timeo; not only to the man of one book, but also to the man of one idea, in whom the sense of proportion is lacking, and who sees only that for which he looks."
- "The creative mind flourishes best when it is apparently wasting time. Shakespeare, we are told, was habitually idle between plays."
—J. Robert Oppenheimer
- "Ed is the most serious man in the world. His frown lines have frown lines. Clint Eastwood learned to squint from watching him. Ed has a black T-shirt with an arrow pointing at his face that says, 'I'm with the nihilist.' When he's in a cheerful mood, he listens to Orff's Carmina Burana. He considers Søren Kierkegaard to have been a stand-up comedian. Webster's has his photo beside the word 'dour.'
"Oh... Wait. No. I'm thinking of somebody else. Never mind."
- First-hand information, entered by Edison Williams. Don't implicitly trust his memory, though. It used to be very good, but his tally of functional neurons and glial cells ain't what it used to be....
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