The word "amateur" has two meanings in contemporary America. First is to suggest an amateur isn't good enough to make a living at whatever he does. That's probably what you thought when I baited you into this post. But I'm about to switch you.
The word comes from the Latin, "AMAR"--to love. (Wiki) It more rightly means someone does what he does for the sheer love of it, not to make a living at it. Tony Botello gets the second, the classical definition and it's a high compliment.
feature story in the Pitch today is a very good read about this guy who is so influential and so tirelessly makes so many prominent people nervous. He gave me a mention in his blog yesterday about my Larry Moore blurb and predictably, my readership doubled for the day.
Tony's very good at what he does--he gathers and publishes on the internets. He writes to me on so many levels. Admittedly when he writes his tediously long pieces on KC politics, I just look at the pictures that visit. But otherwise, I check him multiple times a day, comment far too often because what he writes interests me...and I check him more often than I check my email.