I've been getting Tech Talk since I rejoined AHA in '08, but frankly don't get a lot from it. The brewing forum provided better info in a more timely fashion.
When Gary sent the e-mail about discontinuing Tech Talk I responded on the list approving the decision, and got a raft of e-mails critical of my parentage and motives. Going over the previously ignored Tech Talk issues I was frankly amazed to read that people were bitter about it, and considering quitting the org, as though Tech Talk was the AHA!
I suppose that AHA could seem remote and aloof to some, merely a magazine and a yearly money grab, but AHA was there for me in the '80s before Tech Talk came along, and they were there for me in March of this year when Gary put the case for Louisiana's HB 1484 which regularized the status of homebrew in Louisiana.
When the smoke cleared we had won the day (Praise the Lord!), and it was Gary and the AHA legal team that did it as much as anyone. So the AHA is not a faceless, nameless money grab to me, and I'm proud to be a part of it (but I wish I could get my old number back!).