By James Shulkin
I was saddened to read your blog regarding Jeremy Shulkin [, my son]. I can only assume that you’ve not met him nor given him the courtesy of reading your condescending missive prior to publication. Your impression of him could not be further from the truth.
Jeremy doesn’t own a car, so the one’s you mentioned in your blog certainly are not his. He rides a bicycle made from parts scavenged from the community bike shop where he volunteered. I didn’t hear about the breakin at WoMag, but do recall that his laptop was stolen from his apartment during a burglary in Worcester a few years ago. He does not own a Blackberry or notepad as you suggest. He is guilty of owning a cell phone with limited functionality.
He got his current job at WoMag the old fashioned way, not by the privileges you suggest. He worked as a stringer for the magazine for about two years, writing about music, bands, social events and the odd characters that make Worcester an interesting community. They offered him his new position based on the quality of the work he performed in the past.
He taught for one year at South High and loved it. South, as I understand, is not for the priveleged, either. He also served as a director of services for children with special needs (disabled, low socio-economic status) at a summer camp.
Last, I believe your character assasination is miguided. Jeremy is a kind, thoughtful, considerate and friedly person who simply does not judge others, especially as you have chosen to judge him. His offer to meet the people of Worcester is simply true to his nature. I believe he wants to get to know everyone and listen to them. You did get one thing right- he is “big-hearted”, although I believe you meant this sarcastically.
You may have an ax to grind regarding WoMag, and it may be for good reason. But, as I am Jeremy’s father and have know him for 25+ years, I assure you, you know not of what you write.
The pen is a mighty tool. I encourage you to use your talent to spread good cheer rather than caustic comments.
Thank you for listening, and I wish you well.