[ih] re joyce reynolds
craig at aland.bbn.com
Wed Oct 8 11:04:15 PDT 2003
>Joyce Reynolds is a co-author in many of the RFCs that Postel
>Could anyone shed more light for me on what her role was,
>exactly? Was she an engineer working with Postel, a general
>assistant to Postel, or other?
Well, you should ask Joyce (jkrey at isi.edu)
But in the interim, here's a short personal perspective.
She's a techie (as I recall, she's got a social science degree, but hey,
so do a lot of us and she knows the Internet Protocols). She's also got
the ideal temperament for an editor: polite, careful, and when necessary,
in-your-face firm. For a period of time she was an AD on the IESG.
My personal sense is that Joyce and Jon worked well together for a number
of reasons including:
* Joyce was much more organized than Jon, and so things that required
organized care such as assigned numbers, figuring out which RFCs
were obsoleted, keeping number spaces straight, was something she
did well, while Jon periodically messed them up.
* She could run interference on Jon's behalf with authors.
* And more generally, because they worked well together, she could
pick up things on the RFC Editor's desk and run with them when
Jon's prominence kept him from moving forward on RFCs as fast as needed.
(My sense, perhaps wrong, is that Joyce typically read the RFCs before
Jon did, and I suspect that many junk RFCs never saw Jon's desk).
I should note that I had the privilege of working a lot with Joyce in
the late 1980s and early 1990s and it was always a pleasure (especially
when we conspired to tease Paul Mockapetris:-)).
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