I finally met Doc Searls in person last night at a reception in his and his wife's honor at Andrew Rasiej's house in Manhattan. Being there was one of the neatest experiences I've ever had as a result of running a weblog. I met 10 or 15 people that broadened my horizons a bit. That's a lot for one night.
Many Operation Gadget readers weren't here at the very beginning. But, Doc generously praised this site early on. He's one of the founding fathers of the weblog movement, and a really nice guy.