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The outpouring of shock and grief registered throughout communities that were touched by Roger's life is a testament to his generosity, intelligence, courage and willingness to help where ever help was needed. None more so than in the Tokyo PC Users Group where his presence was a beacon to which the Group turned often for guidance.
The editor selected these few postings that seem to convey the deep sense of loss that many of us feel.

I can't find words to express how I feel about this, it makes one rethink what's important in our lives and be glad for what we have. Troubles seem minor in comparison to this.
- Rob Irizarry

Roger's sudden death is a tremendous waste for our world and the industry. It's strange sometimes how something like this happens and it pricks you awake. I still feel very much a numb and unreal sensation about it all. I can't imagine why questioning the reason for it all? My own consolation is in God. By pulling the plug on someone who was so super close to our lives and what we are trying to do, I wonder what message God is trying to send us.

A message. Something to learn very deeply. To never take your life for granted. To not get bogged down in the dollars & cents and to live life to its fullest. It isn't about the money or the glamour. The technology nor the fame. It's about love.

Love and respect for what we have around us. If Roger is looking somewhere then maybe that is what he is wanting us to realize. We should go out after everything in our lives and live everything to the full. You just never know. You wake up tomorrow and its over. Then you look back across it all and realize what was really important and what was not.

One might say. 'It wouldn't happen to me. Only to successful people. Jet setters.' But it could. It could happen anytime to each and every one of us. There is something so major to learn from this.

inspiration I remember a long time ago mailing Roger a lot and him always telling me when he was still at work at GOL in the early hours of the morning. He would talk about how he used to drive trucks through Canada and his message was... 'You can do it!'. 'You Can!'.

His humble beginnings and how he started and how he struggled. Then I remember him telling me months ago at a restaurant about Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I had set this guy up to meet him but we were not sure how to start business going. This guy was in a total different area of online and Roger was basically needing investors. He kept saying to me 'If you can spare a million that's good but not it's worth losing a friend over'...

He talked about the stages of life. Needs and wants etc., About after having money and food and shelter and after satisfying all the "needs" that there is still one major "need" there left. That is the need to have pride in the job you are doing and to have a feeling of meaning for what you are doing and acceptance in life and business. To self actualize as much of your life as possible.

At the time, my head full of margaritas, I thought that's nice... Hmm... That next day I thought about it a lot. He wrote it down on the tissue there. Strangely enough, he had no warning but CTR ( he told me was Cheques to Roger) was having a get together there to celebrate a deal they made.

Then to the right was this guy who was out with two rather cute girls. Roger explained that this man was one of Tokyo's best translators. He said the guy had struggled beyond belief to get his business going. Roger said that was so important. To have tried because so many people always talk and never tried. He said that's the kind of person he respected. He also said that the guy was deaf and read lips and talked with incredible respect for him.

As I close my eyes now I can see so closely that Roger smile. That Roger happiness. How cool he looked. He always reminded me of Harrison Ford. Handsome, nice guy that Roger. I remember kidding him one day as I was playing with his name. Roger Rabbit and Roger Harrison. He was such a fun guy. Always out for a laugh.

God bless you man. If you are out there know that we all loved you. Your existence was a source of inspiration that we can never forget.

- Scott McLennan

A very special good guy.
Soon after my arrival in 1986 in Tokyo I discovered the budding Tokyo PC Club which soon became for me a very important, supportive family community in my Tokyo life. At my very first TPC meeting I met Roger; he became a good friend and was ALWAYS unfailingly generous in helping to solve my computer problems. He was vigilant on the TPC Bulletin Board - his responses rarely took more than minutes.

For many years as TPC board member, and later TPC president, I often worked together with Roger - his was not the usual style, but he was straight-talking, down-to-earth, you could always count on him to follow through, and you always knew where he stood.

His heart was bigger than life. I'll miss him
Sue Winski
Ubud, Bali
Oct 4, 2001


Roger and I went all the way back to McKinsey and the Toshiba J3100. Before he started CTR Ventures, before he started GOL, before he was TPC sysop, before he was TPC president.

help_his_friends Around 1987, he was my first (and only) convert to the AWK programming language. In a (rare) quiet moment after an International Computer Association meeting at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Yurakucho, in the club bar, he said that he had a problem printing out his free-form, text-based address book in three columns down the page. I immediately scratched down the key three lines of AWK code on the proverbial cocktail napkin. Over the next few months, he kept adding fancy formatting and other bells and whistles until the thing filled a whole page--long by AWK standards.

I remember applying for a job at GOL when they moved to Higashi Nakano. I also remember using their other system, a DOS-based multitasking affair, before they went to BSD Unix. For the first couple of years, I had a shell account, but didn't miss it once Windoze 95 came along and gave me proper PPP access.
- Maynard Hogg

Sorry to hear that Roger Boisvert died...I now know what it feels like for a teacher to lose a student...when I met Roger, he didn't even know how to use a computer...but I took it upon myself to help him learn, was friends with him for most of the time I lived in Japan, and sold my Honda Acty to him when I left. When I told my wife, she was in shock, and still remembers Roger coming over to my apartment with his son Steven (she says he was only 3 or 4, but I thought he was about 5 or 6), where Steven smashed his finger in the front door...(and that probably hurt, doncha know those metal doors on the Japanese apartos?:-/). It was a sad day in our house when we found out...I used to sell Roger modems and other hardware/software when he was at McKinsey, and it was me, Tim Reece, and John Tetro that went to visit him in the hospital once when he was working at McKinsey...I was so sorry to hear about was my wife...:-(
Alan DuBoff
Software Orchestration, Inc.


Writing about Roger is actually more difficult than I thought. I'm not much of a writer, mainly in a foreign language. I am not sure to be able to convey my true feeling with just a few words.

It's really been a while (mid 80's), -- since my time at the Tokyo PC User Group actually. Roger became president of the club the year after I was its vice-president (with Woody Hodgson serving as president). Roger was then working for McKinsey. He was very knowledgeable about anything related to computer, very dedicated to his work, and mainly incredibly generous with both his time and knowledge. He would go out of his way to help someone he just met -- you can only imagine what he would do for an acquaintance or a friend.

count_on.gif We met regularly at the TPCUG Thursday meetings, then at the dinners and discussions following, but after the beginning of the 90's, I stopped going there. It was around this time that I started working exclusively for the distribution of foreign software in Japan, and Roger started to work on the realization of his dream -- making Internet access a reality for anyone and everyone in Japan. He established GOL and you most probably know the rest of the story more than I do.

I met Roger a few times since the creation of GOL, and each time it was in a different, larger office. The last time around, when I visited his office to discuss possible cooperation between our companies, and tap a bit his entrepreneur experience going from a startup GOL with a few people, to a large company and major player among ISPs in Japan, and then Exodus, he showed me the plans of his new building office, in downtown Tokyo, with all the latest technology and internet security stuff -- his vision and his dream had become reality.

Our last discussion showed me that the one thing that had really counted the most for Roger with his incredible success as a visionary and businessman was that it made it easier for him to help his friends, with the same simplicity, spirit and generosity he always had. He will be sorely missed.
Patrick Hochner
P. & A., Inc.


A fund established in Japan collects money that will then be transferred to the Sheriff's Relief Foundation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and held for use as a reward to the person or persons who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects(s) responsible for the shooting death of Roger J. Boisvert. Any funds not used in the reward will later be donated to the soon-to-be-established Roger J. Boisvert Foundation.
The TPC has made a 100,000 donation to the Roger Boisvert Reward Fund.


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November, 2001

The Newsletter of the Tokyo PC Users Group

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