Juliann is the founder of MAD, much like Shades is the founder of MDB. The MAD board was her idea, and her initial creation.
Is there any truth in the rumor of a kinder and gentler Juliann, as she approaches old age?
I am not sure how old Juliann is. I believe she is probably around 56. That is hardly "old age". LOL
I am 48, and I don't consider myself old. (Comments from the peanut gallery are not welcome...Shulem and BC...that means you. LOL)
The thing is...Juliann has always had fairly progressive views as far as the gospel is concerned. I think that she has been caught between a rock and a hard place on a lot of issues with MAD because the funding for the board comes from some pretty conservative TBMs. Also, I don't think that her loyalty to the Church can be questioned, and she is going to fight critics on that score, no question.
I actually liked Juliann. However, she does have a stubborn streak, and completely shut down on me when we had a communication misunderstanding years ago. She refused to talk with me and made blanket assumptions which Dan G told her, that were simply not true.
Overall, I believe that Juliann does have a good heart, and I wish her no ill will. If she is "softening" as far as her treatment of critics is concerned, I think it is a good thing. Maybe she is coming to the realization that we are all people behind the computers, and actually have more in common than we have differences.