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I personally feel the same way, and in my eyes he has earned and deserves the respect due to other icons of this field like Fujita and Grazulis, for all have devoted so much of themselves to it and made such an effort to be correct that I know I could never achieve anyrthing similar myself. But I also equally respect an illiterate dirt farmer who thoroughly understands the intricacies of nature and his crops, for he too has accomplished something amazing to me which is equally beyond my capabilities. Titles and college degrees mean nothing to me; accomlishments mean everything to me, and Tim Marshall has unquestionably accomplished much.Tim Marshall has been highly respected in the weather community for decades and it's well deserved and I think he has the right to be considered a professional. I don't believe that exempts him from any criticism and scorn, but I also don't think this embittered attitude that has been directed towards him since the December 10-11, 2021 damage surveys is warranted. There's plenty of valid criticism towards that specific quote and I agree with what you had to say about it, but simply cursing his name is so spineless and undeserving.
Another aspect here is that we should consider is the public nature of these forums and how the public will judge us all based on the way we treat other and behave in general. In making the subject distasteful to the general public we all lose some of their respect and any chance we might have had to fire up any intertest they had into joining our pursuits. We're all individuals but we will also be judged as a whole, and personally I want both of those to be positive in their nature.