So I am at Tech Ed 2008 in Orlando and just finished a very long, and very satisfying day. The highlight of which was my lunch with Bill Gates.... The lunch was and Influencer Roundtable with a group of my fellow community leaders (about 15 in all) and Bill Gates. We started off with a group picture (will post soon) and then moved in to start lunch. It was a very casual lunch and we were able to ask him any questions we would like (Within reason, I am sure.) But it centered mostly around what he will be doing after his official retirement and how passionate he is about education. As we took turns asking him questions I was surprised at how casual and open the atmosphere was. Although we did head down some serious discussion topics, there were many times that the room was caught up in laughter after Bill ( yes... I just called him Bill) made a quick witted joke. I found him to be very personable and open and enjoyed the the opportunity to meet and talk to him immensely. I, of course, made sure that that at the end I made my way over to him to introduce myself one on one and shake his hand. (Actually, I was surprised more did not do this). I will add the picture to this post when I get it.
Anyway, I have to run. Another big day at Tech Ed tomorrow. I'm having dinner with Steve Ballmer tomorrow (OK.. I).
Doc - Daniel N. Egan