"We owe him a great debt for long and faithful service"
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't he get paid to perform that service? As a result, nobody owes him anything. You can be as grateful and as thankful as you'd like, but there is no debt for which he is owed anything (not even praise).
"Twomey will depart ICANN just as it starts accepting applications from people interested in buying their very own url suffix."
Except .xxx, of course. The idiotic prudes lobbying the US government made sure that that TLD will never see the light of day. It's funny when you stop to consider that having a .xxx TLD would make it easier to block that content. Sure, not everyone would use that TLD, but it would still be more effective than the current filters.