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April 19, 2002

My wife and I visited Arne and his family two years ago when I was the keynote speaker for Yggrasil 2000, an annual conference in Oslo, put on by the Norwegian Computer Society for GUI designers and technical writers. It had about 150 attendees from 6 European countries.

I had met Arne two years previous to that time when he came to the U.S. as head of documentation for Visma Norway to work with myself and others on the Visma Logistics English version documentation and help project.

He is now an independent contractor doing technical writing, help, and translation work.

He has been a good, though distant (in miles) friend over the last 4 1/2 years.

  From: Arne Kvadsheim arne's email
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2002 1:50 PM

Subject: Re: I am now blogging


Thanks to my phone company I've been disconnected from the net for a few days, but I read your blogg this morning, and you sound like you could do with a bit of cheering up! I don't know if this helps, but I want you to know that I've been thinking about you and your family almost every day since you where over here. You'd probably call it 'praying for' instead of 'thinking about', but you know me; I'd never admit to that :-)

There are areas where I guess we'll always disagree, but among the things I like most about you is your openness, your kindness and that you're always willing to discuss things. Also, I've been a great admirer of your curiosity and optimism, and that you're constantly looking for solutions and improvements. At 55, this makes you much, much younger than most of the 25 year olds I meet.

That's also why I was surprised by the somewhat pessimistic tone in your blogg, and I wanted you to know that your generosity and helpfulness has served as an example for me, and has helped *me* in *my* life. Maybe it helps *you* to know that even from somewhere as distant as Norway, someone cares. A lot.

Take care,



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