I suspect he knows you by association. The way he knows many runners. Especially when it comes to the competitive types, we aren't all that different.
I love that last line.
Definitely miss YL4OR and I know you and I aren't alone. Just earlier this week, I received an email asking if I knew whether Pete's Carlsbad training plan was still available online (the answer is it's not but there is an RT article by Pete, which he largely based the Carlsbad plan on – I'll post the link to that on the Carlsbad thread later).