So, the completely legitimate email I received today begins with this salutation:
IL TREGILLIS of U.S.A., Congratulations on Your Nomination to Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
Finally! Some validation. It’s like the folks at Marquis Who’s Who have known me my entire life.
The only thing—and it’s a very tiny thing—that makes me wonder if maybe, just maybe, this isn’t what it seems is the minor fact that I’m not a medical doctor. Or have any connection to the healthcare industry. Or have any knowledge of medicine or healthcare.
But the “world’s foremost biographical reference publisher,” with its “unmatched dedication to reliable and accurate biographical reporting,” apparently isn’t bothered by that. And why should it be? I can open a box of bandaids like nobody’s business. Why, I don’t just open that box. I open the hell out of it. Open the living hell out of it. If you could cure cancer by opening a box of bandaids, I would be on the cover of Time magazine. I’d be on ALL the magazines. That’s how good I am.
I’m very excited to think that soon my profile will be included amongst today’s leaders from the wide-ranging medical and healthcare fields. My profile! Me!
They do seem to be casting their net rather widely. I will admit that. After all, the only place where my name appears as “IL Tregillis” is in my academic publications. In astrophysics.