Edison Williams is a Project Member of the Texas Project.
Interested in a great, broad range of subjects. Alas, master of none.
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 reprint; a shame the 1989 2nd edition was the last that will see physical print)
Own a set of cufflinks given to me by a former Vice President of the United States
Had dinner once with James Watson and Francis Crick
Every time I think I can finally spell "DNA," I learn something I didn't know
Recent gig: director, voice and dialogue, and extras casting for the Paramount Pictures' movie, A Quiet Place(no, not really; but if you saw the movie, that gave you a chuckle)
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." —Edward Everett
"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. He 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." —Anonymous
First-hand information, entered by Edison Williams. Don't trust his memory, though; it used to be very good, but he's been losing functional neurons every year....
Every woman instinctively knows it's part of a grand plan that the vast majority of yDNA is junk, and that the father's mtDNA is rejected at fertilization. Well, mostly and almost always. But let's not get into that here....
Because, well, TEXAS. And because I had ancestors here before the Republic, including an alcalde, two officers in the war for the Republic, a chief justice appointed by Sam Houston, an aide to James W. Bullock, and a senator of Texas's Sixth Congress.
Edison Williams's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Edison or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup R-BY3332, FTDNA kit #28630
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H4a1a1a, FTDNA kit #28630
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Edison:
:-) No, no, Mary; I was thanking you for the congratulatory note! I'm simply an enthusiastic kinda guy!!! (I thanked Dorothy for the Star in December...but she gave it to me on Christmas Day, and I was a bit late doing so.) And I apologize again for not being as active in the Texas Project as I'd intended. New Year's resolution! Oh, wait; needs another exclamation point!!
You missed the point. The Congratulations are to you for being awarded the Family Star badge. I did not award it. Another person did. I look forward to reading about the Threlkelds wherever you find them. More on another note to you.
Congratulations on being awarded the Family Star badge. It is well deserved.. Others have also noticed your contributions, both in Texas, for your family. Thanks for your contributions on g2g. Hmm I see you are also a Data Doctor.
Naturally I was intrigued by your biography and wanted to read what is marked out... Could that be Texas related?