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Exactly twenty years ago, I had the privilege of introducing Tom Christensen at the annual meeting of the ABA's Labor Relations Law Section. I had not known Tom well for any length of time (I still feel hesitant about calling him "Chris"), but we shared similar backgrounds, and there had been and would continue to be numerous intersections in our careers. We both were kids from the hinterlands (Tom from Iowa, and I from Vermont) who had succumbed to the bright lights of the east coast. Tom had also published my very first article as a rookie law teacher.