A postal executive stunned the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) today by announcing that D. Eadward Tree, pseudonymous chief arborist of Dead Tree Edition, is actually a high-ranking Postal Service official.
Rosa Fulton, Executive Director of Flats Sequencing, said that the Flats Sequencing Map published on this blog last month had only been shown to a few high-ranking USPS officials. She announced, therefore, that D. Eadward Tree must be none other than Patrick R. Donahoe, the #2 man at the U.S. Postal Service. Donahoe reportedly laughed but issued no denials.
Ms. Fulton's "revelation" also drew chuckles from those who had read this blog's criticisms of several Postal Service programs, such as the rechristening of the Intelligent Mail barcode as the FUBAR code.
Confession: That super-secret FSS map was part of a presentation to a meeting of mailers in March that was then posted on a USPS web site.
I've been called many things before -- DeadTree, Mr. Tree, Tree Dude, His Pseudonym-ness, an executive at several prominent publishing companies, that anonymous blogger with the aggravating name, an irritating #&*%#$ -- but never Pat Donahoe.
Here are a couple of clues: Yes, I have a day job, but my salary is less than Mr. Donahoe's.