I'm really bad at remembering names. That's kind of a hazard in my job because I meet a lot of people—and love meeting people—so that means there are more names to remember.
But somehow you don't forget the names of people from grade school or high school. While you're trying to sear into your brain the Pythagorean theorem or what a gerund is, you are easily remembering—forever—the names of all the students around you.
That's why today's NJBIZ General Counsel of the Year awards event was so fun. I always enjoy our events: they offer great networking, they recognize worthy people and companies, and journalism ethics allow me to eat the food. But today was even more fun because one of my brother's good friends from high school was one of the award finalists. I sat with Thomas McManus and his wife Kortney, and got to hear some of the names pulled from the past that I hadn't thought about—nor forgotten—in the past 25 or so years.
If you haven't been to an NJBIZ event, you should check one out. There will be a lot of names to remember, but it will be worth it. You never know who you might run into.