He's a third-level connection, via a dozen or so others. Tho, in looking at my own connections, I have to admit that doesn't always mean much. (see, the semantic value of links is why I built sixmore.)
Of course, I'm honor-bound to talk to @scottru first, should That Particular Need arise. [I considered emailing him today to say "This isn't the speed-dial call, but I just wanted to say I would need certain... assurances."]
Tomorrow will leave me entertained or angry. And then drunk, either way. Very drunk.