There is no way I can replace Randi, or fill his shoes, or even be moderately Amazing. I won’t even try. Happily, I don’t need to: he will continue to work with the JREF, guiding the Foundation as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. There is a lot of Randi in the JREF, and of the JREF in Randi, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As cool as it is to see Phil taking over the JREF, it also makes me a little sad that Randi isn't running the show anymore. Over the years, James Randi has done more to advance skepticism and critical thinking than almost anyone and his books and TV specials have helped to pull lots of True Believers™ (Your pal Skippy included) out of the muck of credulity. That being said, I can't think of anyone I'd rather see taking over for Randi than Phil. Congratulations man, and good luck.