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Online Interviews

(These are the first in an experimental series of brief interviews with members, conducted on the BBS. If you log onto the BBS, I encourage you to insert your answers into the message I posted with the questions, and send it as a reply to me. -- Mike)

  1. Bernd Nurnberger
  2. Jeff Cady
  3. Robert Irizarry
  4. Roland Hechtenberg

Bernd Nurnberger


From: BERND NURNBERGER
To: MIKE LLORET
Subject: fax to your computer

BN> Wow, real strong commitment! And first time I heard of e-mail interviews. A neat idea, that.

ML> It's one of those things that's obvious...once it's pointed out to you. (G)I've even participated in that kind of thing (e.g., "When did you arrive...", "Did you ever...", "Do you remember..." kinds of threads: a little more structure and you've got an interview, ready to go). Want to try it out?

BN> Got me curious. Ask Robert Irizarry, too. HE is good at such.

ML> What brought you to Japan originally, and when was it?

BN> Let me answer the second question first: In 1986, I finally found a job I had been looking for a while. I wanted to work abroad. Got myself the contract to do 1.5 years training still in Germany, then finally work in the U.S. During this training, the company's office in Japan was booming and asked for help. The question ended up in my face, "Would you like to do 6 months of your training in Japan?"

ML> What prompted you to join the TPC? And when was that?

BN> Wrong question. If you'd ask WHO prompted me, I can tell. Let me first reply to the second question, though <g>: It was in February 1988. An English teacher friend of mine had introduced me (first, months ago) to his then girlfriend's colleague, a stewardess, and (second) invited me to go with him to that computer meeting. His stewardess became his wife, and he drifted out of TPC (now president of a software company for Mac and Windows). My stewardess, however, drifted away quickly, but I found in TPC lots of information that helped me in my job, part of which was to computerize inspection documents.

ML> What do you do when you're not exchanging information on the BBS?

BN> Exchange information with my better half I found at TPC, our small kids.

ML> What direction would you like to see the TPC moving in?

BN> Expanding in all directions, of course! For example, the machine in front of me is a PERSONAL COMPUTER. Very personal, a COMmunication machine more than anything else. (What PUTER stands for, I don'tknow).

Now, caution, here is a long-term vision, maybe a few corners away and not immediately conspicuous. TPC should help _anyone_ to become able to use a computer as easily as they handle a telephone today. This takes work on a number of topics - here a quickmindstorming:

  • A provide a BBS
  • B provide simple-to-use software for communication
  • C teach users (the simpler the system the easier this)

Once these boys and girls are on a BBS, they can ask all the questions. Someone knows an answer, and many are willing to share.

ML> What kind of questions would you think the AJ readers would be interested in seeing your answers to?

BN>Now, we are sliding off the ramp into a self-interview? Monologue? Why are you asking _me_ about what I would think our readers would be interested in? Ask the readers and e-mail me another set of questions.

> _ QMPro 1.52 _ Sometimes wrong, but never in doubt.

BN> Soo daroo.

(And that was the first, pilot online interview on our BBS. Thanks, Bernd! A couple of others follow. -- Mike)

Jeff Cady


Reply-to: 4449
Date: 1994-12-24,01:11
From: JEFF CADY
To: MIKE LLORET
Subject: interview

ML>I'd like any of you with the time and the inclination to help me with a new, experimental feature for the newsletter. ML>Q. Could you give us a little background on who you are, what you do, >and how you came to be in Japan?

I was working as a chef in a cabaret in Paris, which was interesting and payed fairly well, but was physically exhausting, since it opened at 6pm and closed at 6am, was understaffed (we split the tips - the fewer ofus, the more we made - we once or twice got by with a staff of three, plus the hostess from the show, who was the owner's former mistress, for kitchen, bar and three rooms, up to 120 customers) and we often didn'tget a chance to so much as drink a glass of water in 12 hours. I took acouple of days off and hitch-hiked to Germany. On the way back I got picked up by an English guy who had recently worked in Japan. He said it was pretty interesting and I could find work, so I decided to go. That was thirteen years ago. I worked for a while as a typical FOB English teacher and saw most of the countries on this side of Asia. Got a master's in Education from Temple U. Japan and now teach English at a big French school (Athenee Francais- 3000 French students, about 2000 English students) and at Keio U. in Shonan-Fujisawa. Love teaching.

ML>Q. How long have you been a member of the TPC, and what prompted you to >join?

About 4 years? Didn't want to be left behind by this interesting newaspect of modern life. Bought a cheap computer from Hong Kong from a member, learned how to use it and especially how to repair it from other members.

ML>Q. What do you see as the main benefits of membership?

Information, natch. Can't make meetings, so get what I can from the board and newsletter.

ML>Q. Where would you like to see the TPC going, or do you believe it's fine the way it is?

Would like a members' lunch and athletic club in a central location.

Work and interest are pulling me toward the Internet.

ML>Q. What are your computer-related interests?

On-line academic research, games, the potential of computer games forteaching, substituting e-mail for other forms of communication with friends and colleagues, the interaction of computers and society.

ML>Q. How about non-computer-related interests?

Hiking, travel, science, skiing, sailing, my wife, teaching and writing, what it all means. Not necessarily in that order, etc.


Robert Irizarry

From: ROBERT IRIZARRY
To: MIKE LLORET
Subject: interview

ML>Q. Could you give us a little background on who you are, what you do, and how you came to be in Japan?

My name is Robert Irizarry. I'm an expatriate American who has spent the last eight years roaming Asia before settling down in Japan. I run the Japan office of a USA maker of CAD/CAM equipment used in the design and manufacturing of clothing. After having spent approximately four and one half years in Asia (18 months of living in a suitcase followed by three years of living in a suitcase while wasting money on a flat in Hong Kong), the director of our Japan office was assigned to look after some major projects we were developing in the former Soviet Union. There was no one else in the company "crazy" enough to take on this "undesirable" posting - HAH, so I got the last laugh!

ML>Q. How long have you been a member of the TPC, and what prompted you to join? It seems like forever since I joined the TPC. Looking through my AJ collection, the oldest one I can find is October, 1991. I'm guessing that I got sucked in around that time, only to be hoodwinked (Thanks, Stuart and Roger) into sysoping the BBS early the next year. I joined TPC after meeting a few of the members and finding that, in addition to our common interests, TPC was a place where I could almost always find answers to my various computer questions and problems.

ML>Q. What do you see as the main benefits of membership? In the metro-miasma that is Tokyo, TPC is a place where one can meetfriends, get answers to questions, and enjoy interacting with other Tokyo dwellers. I've made quite a few close friends here (one of whom introduced me to my wife!) and had many a good time by virtue of my membership. We'vegot a great newsletter (Thanks, Mike!) that is chock full of interesting articles and information. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the BBS SIG and the support of both the executive committee and our membership, we've got a great communications medium for our virtual community. I spend quitea bit of time here, as I can find both information and programs as well as communicate with my friends both in Tokyo and around the world, all without leaving the comfort of my otaku room. For those with any interest in the future of cyberspace, I urge you to get on board and surf!

ML>Q. Where would you like to see the TPC going, or do you believe it's fine the way it is? This is an issue that we've agonized over for quite some time. There are those that would like to see the group become huge (and I'll have to admit that at one time I was in that camp) as well as others that feel things are just fine the way they are. I think the size of the group is just about right now, but would like to see more done with getting corporate sponsors for meeting programs, discounted software, and improvements to our BBS. I would also like to see more participation by the Japanese community to give us a broader cultural perspective.

ML>Q. What are your computer-related interests?

I believe the emerging technologies of global networking and multimedia will produce radical changes in the way we do business, communicate with each other, shop, etc. One only has to look to the breaking of the Berlin Wall, the events of Tiananmen Square, and the collapse of communism in the former Soviet Union to see the power that electronic communications has to change -- the way governments and societies can be changed in a very short time. My main area of interest lies therein, with the Internet, interactive multimedia, etc. Sadly, the Japanese government's regulatory policies have made it all but impossible for these technologies to grow in any meaningful way compared to the rest of the world. There are times when I'd like to go back to the states just so I could have access to the world.....

ML>Q. How about non-computer-related interests?

In my spare (hah!) time, I read, listen to music, watch videos, and dream of the day I can retire to a small tropical island with my wife. Scuba diving followed by Margaritas.... The occaisional frisbee toss in Komazawa park or our informal gatherings by the banks of the Tama serve to keep me from going crazy in this insanity driven whirlwind.

_ QMPro 1.0 92-0151 _ It works better if you plug it in where it should be.


Roland Hechtenberg

From: ROLAND HECHTENBERG
To: MIKE LLORET
Subject: ARTICLES

ML> Q. Could you give us a little background on who you are, what you do, and how you came to be in Japan?My name is Roland Hechtenberg, I am a German, working as a Japanese >English <> German translator, and I came to Japan because I was married to a Japanese.

ML> Q. How long have you been a member of the TPC, and what prompted you to join? I joined the BBS in summer of this year and the TPC in December. Sigi and Rodney are responsible for getting me to the meeting in November, and the various members I talked with and who talked to me persuaded me to join theclub.

ML> Q. What do you see as the main benefits of membership? For me, the main benefit may be meeting "foreigners".

ML> Q. Where would you like to see the TPC going, or do you believe it's fine the way it is?No ideas so far.

ML> Q. What are your computer-related interests?Word processing to get my work done, getting my computer to work so I can doword processing, playing games (role playing and some puzzle games).

ML> Q. How about non-computer-related interests?Aerobics, reading (SF, adventures, spy novels, etc.), camping, country music, folk music from Mexico and South America.

RH> Q. What is your marital status?

I am happily married (now for 18 years to my second wife, also Japanese), and I have two daughters from my first marriage (both married in Germany) and three sons from my second marriage (12, 10, and 4).

RH> Q. How long in Japan?

Too long. (Nearly 25 years, most of them without contact with other foreigners.)

_ RM 1.3 01295 _ Self-sacrifice: to sacrifice others without blushing.

(Next issue, I'd like to publish more of these online interviews. You can insert your answers into the message I posted with questions and send it to me as a reply, add questions and answers yourself -- as Roland has done above in the question lines that begin with RH> -- or make a completely new set of questions and answers for yourself and post that to me as a new message. Your fellow members would like to know a little about you. One thing: be sure to mark the messages "private". -- Mike)


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January, 1995

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