In 2001 a guy walked into our office with a new design application. He passionately demonstrated it and left an impression. While the software was Revitlutionary the thing I really value from that day is knowing Phil Read. We've met occasionally over the years, both at AU and nearer home, and while I don't always share his opinions I have always left those meetings inspired by his passion, vision and ability.
It appears that those attending Autodesk University this year will be denied that opportunity:
I was informed today by ADSK that my proposed sessions should not be a part of AU 2009 and someone else should manage Building Design Power Track...
That's a mistake of epic proportions. Although it seems the decision has been made I've shown my protest by visiting AU On-line and voting for these two sessions:
Also see this comment from Guy: Grow up Autodesk