|The creator of this site is one of the guys who
attended college with Paul at Washington State University back in the
early 1970s. Even though Paul would go on to greatness and fame he never
let it change his personality or his attitude toward other people. He
would remain friends with people from all phases of his life, help
reestablish and rebuild the Alpha Delta chapter of Phi Kappa Theta to
which he had been a member at WSU, and throughout his life would never
require that someone be rich or famous to be counted as a friend.
The dragonriders.org site is one I have owned
since the mid-1990s originally used for a specific motorcycle released
in 1996. At first, I didn’t think of the dragonriders domain as the
right choice for this tribute to Paul.
I was going to select one from several other domains I own.
But because of memories of Paul during our college years and the
man he would become in the decades that followed, the dragonriders
domain seemed completely fitting. In addition to Paul's interests
in science, economics, and the arts was his fondness for select books of
science fiction. Remembering back to those days I recalled the many
stories of dragons in our culture. From the genres of science fiction
and fantasy there were books like 'The Dragonriders of Pern'. And
from the many stories of myth from human history there were tales that
dealt with some version of the knight in shining armor who would slay
the dragon. It struck me that there were two distinct types of
heroes from these tales. There were the dragon slayers and then
there were the dragon riders!
There were contemporaries of Paul's who had the
reputation of being dragon slayers. People who built their fortunes and
success on seeing an obstacle to their goal and attacking it
ferociously. The obstacle was their dragon and the people that worked
with them and for them were their soldiers.
The goal, in their view, could only be achieved by slaying the
dragon and as the knight responsible they expected everyone involved to
follow their lead without question.
|But for Paul, the obstacles he encountered
weren't monsters to be destroyed. They were problems to be understood
and solved. And the people who worked with him and for him weren’t
soldiers but allies who brought their own valuable skills and insights.
Knowledge is the source of true success. He saw that the knowledge that
could be gained from fully understanding the problem could be as
valuable as removing the obstacle. Paul didn't seek to slay the dragon,
he always sought to ride it!
This site is under development and is intended to be in its 'final'
form by January 31, 2019. It will remain active throughout 2019 &
will give brief descriptions of Paul's accomplishments as well as links
to additional information about his endeavors including ongoing
scientific and charitable projects. Once the site has posted as
'active', Special Notes such as this one will be deleted. The site
will be updated as needed after that to keep links current and to add
any additional information as appropriate.