I am always amazed when I look at the weblogs referring traffic to this site. Today, I found someone who came to this blog from Patently Obvious, a legal weblog about, obviously, patent law. The author, Dennis Crouch, “is an attorney at the law firm of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP in Chicago where his practice focuses on patent law in the areas of mechanical and electrical engineering.” After reading his bio, I am certain he is a lot smarter than me, but what impressed me most was the last line, “Dennis Crouch grew up on a farm near Pittsburg, Kansas.” One of my grandfathers farmed, as did two of my uncles. My other grandfather taught High School Ag, has a small truck farm, and still works (at 94 years of age) for the U.S.D.A. as a crop surveyor. I never grew up on a farm, but I remember fondly the times I spent with my uncles on theirs. I am sure that Dennis’ impressive resume has won him his share of clients, but am more certain that his farming background has helped him relate to many in a way his formal education never could.