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February 5, 2007 at 9:59 AM

Jim Gray: Who he was and why people care

That’s what I was trying to explain with today’s column on Jim Gray.

As I mentioned to a few people who sent notes this morning, it was easy to write because Jim was such an amazing person. People who knew him were glad to share their thoughts because they wanted the world to know more about him.

I wrote the column Thursday and worried that it would be outdated or irrelevant by today, when it appeared in the paper. But sadly Jim hasn’t been found yet and the chances of him pulling a Huck Finn at this point are slim to none.

Here’s a sample of the feedback I’ve received so far:

I have read your story on Jim Gray, whom I have never met or even heard of, and want to say that you have quietly captured a living swath of this human being in the real world he occupied without (my impression) the usual laudatory singing with the angels, etc.

In addition — terrible IT “racism” — I usually think of the evil empire as a mindless place, with no creativity, human feeling…blah, blah, blah. Clearly Jim Gray was a core part of the Microsoft culture world and so my little prejudices about Bill Gates and the grey empire have now hit another snag.

Going away…sailing out of San Francisco bay to the Farallon Islands with his mother’s remains…what a moving, human story.

I hope they find him. I hope he comes back in….

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