It was a pleasant slumber, and upon waking I found Brooks Simpson blogging on his own site.
Better than a pleasant dream!
In my "special" view of ACW historiography, Brooks was a beacon of sanity in the sewage tsunami that represented ACW publishing in the 1990s. You could count on one hand the original writers willing to put everything on the table (subject to sources, rigor, and insight).
He remains interesting, independent, and important, not on the basis of his connections but on the basis of his methods and conclusions.
Your encouragement is deserved and even required. The best readers deserve the best authors and the best authors need to know how much we appreciate them. This is a contender for the heavyweight championship. Don't waste time on palookas.