I first met michael pilarski when I signed up for a permaculture course in 2005. Before arriving, I had read every permaculture book printed, hundreds of web pages about permaculture and had been active on the permaculture mailing list for years. I felt I was there just to go through the formalities of taking a permaculture design course.
I mercilessly pounded skeeter with questions. Every day. And he had a well qualified, gentle answer for every one. His level of knowledge is spectacular. His manner is something that buddhist monk's would envy. Always smiling, always happy. Attending that PDC was one of the best things that ever happened to me, and I know it is thanks to skeeter.
In 2009 skeeter was the master of ceremonies for the washington state permaculture convergence. One morning he offered to lead a group of early birds a little ways up a nearby trail and share some wildcrafting knowledge. I'm glad I remembered to bring my camera!