Finally pushing my first release of this distribution is a special moment to me.
Its original author, Iain Truskett (SPOON), died on December 29th, 2003. He was 24. Back then, I didn't know him, had never interacted with him, or even used any of his modules. That was ten years ago.
The only thing I did at the time was to buy three of his books from his girlfriend. They are still part of my ever-expanding bookcase of computer books, and at least one of them I used thoroughly.
Fast-forward to middle of last year, when NEILB started to publicize his adoption list. After having adopted a module I was the only one actually using, I started to looking further in the adoption list for modules that looked easy to adopt. Few bugs in RT, and bugs that didn't look like too much work. That's when I found DateTime-Format-Mail, and remembered 2003.
DROLSKY handed me co-maint very quickly (after all, he had already offered the module for adoption in one RT ticket). It turns out the open bugs didn't really seem worth doing a new release in a hurry. (When doing my first release, I actually rejected one of them.)
Ten years after the untimely death of its author, I've finally been able to do what I didn't dare to do then. And a humble Perl module continues being used and useful, thanks to the chain of CPAN authors that take care of it.
I'm proud to be part of this module's history.