RIP Skip Evans

I just found out that Skip Evans has passed away. Most of you probably don’t know who he is, but Skip was a veteran warrior of the evolution/creationism battles, having worked for the National Center for Science Education and on the Panda’s Thumb. Skip is the guy who managed to get Kent Hovind’s dissertation from Patriot University, for those who are familiar with that whole situation.

I’ve known Skip for about 15 years. I last saw him about 4 years ago in Washington DC at the Americans United for Separation of Church and State annual conference, but we’ve kept in regular contact for a long time. I remember about 10 years ago when he was working for the NCSE and they were hosting a conference, he emailed me to remind me to send them some information they needed for my registration and said, “If you don’t get this to me by tomorrow, you’ll be served nothing but groul and Fresca while you’re here.” He was surprised to find out that I actually liked Fresca.

Skip was a good guy, very funny and mischievous. And I will miss him very much.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Alverant

    I’m sorry. We lost someone great.

  • lmm22

    Wow. I knew Skip in Madison. We were never close, but I had respect for what he did.

  • rbh3

    Well damn. Skip was one of the genuine good guys. We’ll all miss him.

  • bio613

    What a shame.

    I got to know Skip for only a short time in 2003/04. Skip was working with NCSE then and he was directly available to help us (teachers in the Roseville UHSD) deal with Larry Caldwell and the attempts to implement Intelligent Design/Creationism in our district.

    Skip, Genie, Glenn and all the folks at NCSE – Thanks. Skip will be remembered fondly.

    Chet Dickson

    Granite Bay HS

  • lpetrich

    Sorry about that :( I remember what a great service he performed by getting Kent Hovind’s “PhD thesis”. It was shoddy almost beyond belief.