Hey SAIS Gang,
Glad to see everyone is moving up in the world. I recently attended
Carrie Hitt's ever-famous Christmas party, where I had to explain to
incomprehending Bostonian lawyers what a panetone is (and then promptly
ate half of it myself -- hopefully I left some for Carrie). I was also
recently working on a project with some folks in our London office.
They told me that they had recently hired an Italian-speaking intern in
the office, so I would no longer have to get up at ungodly hours to
speak Italian. Turns out the Italian-speaking intern is none other than
Max Tedeschi, who after a long odyssey through various jobs in Europe,
has wound up in London working for our little consulting company while
examining other opportunities.
Hope everyone has happy holidays. Winter has started here in New England
and I am off to go skiing.
1997 was an unstable year for me career-wise ... I started it by
suddenly getting canned, along with the rest of my R&D group, from my
job in Portland. That led to a start-up company, which soon led to me
loading up an aged Chevy wagon with books, bikes and cats and hauling to
Palo Alto, CA for a short consulting stop (aka, "got bills to pay!"),
and to NYC for a pile o' interviews and brief but fun-filled visits with
Rosa Emilia, Ayse, Hylke & Monique, of SAIS/BC fame and/or notoriety.
Eventually though, I took a (supposedly) long term consulting job at a
hospital in Fukuoka, Japan. Fukuoka was (is!) great, but the project,
after a promising start, sank rapidly in a squelching mire of corporate
politics, and after two months we packed it in.
Fortunately, there was just time to take advantage of Jame's Hong Kong
hospitality and watch the colony turn into China. It was quite an
occasion, of course, but much of what I recall about the actual handover
can be summed up as "wet". The party w/Jame and friends on Lantau the
following night easily surpassed it ('nuff said!).
Lesser known, but nearly of equal sociohistoricocultural interest, was
the 74th annual World Championship Pig 'N Ford Race at the Tillamook
(Oregon) County Fair, which Cigdem and I had the honor to witness after
my return to the US ... a slice o' America which I can't resist
describing a bit:
Folks, it's just what it sounds like. Ya got yer pig, ya got yer
stripped-down, vintage Model T. A gunshot, then the top six drivers
sprint across the track to the pens, grab the pigs, crank their cars,
and are off! Amidst piercing squeals and choking dust, they must hold
on to their pigs at all times as they speed around the oval. Three
laps, three different pigs. First one to drop the third pig back in the
pen is crowned. Pig abuse is a disqualification.
In the end, though, the championship race was not all that close. Four
time champion Lonnie Rickerman won by several car lengths over 20 year
veteran Cornelius ("Wolfman Jack") McKay. A moment of drama arrived
when that grizzled porkdriver, in his turn, barely held his second place
as he fended off a last desperate cross-car-vaulting
dive-and-(nonabusive)-pig-spiking attempt from the youngest Latham
brother, Billy Bob. And in case you're wondering, nobody came close to
losing a pig, lesser competitors having been weeded out by a week of
So I'll see you at the 75th running! But anyway, to finish ...
The Japan fiasco led to a four-month sentance to a dull job in
Minnesota. I mostly sit alone and manufacture paper clip chains, but
I'm told I'm nearly done now. In 1998 I look forward to a bit of R&R,
followed by another (supposedly) long term BS'ing - ahem, I mean
consulting - job in Leipzig. Thence (possibly) to Bologna, where
apparently there's a 'center for the study of banking informatics'
(yeah, yeah, snore - but hey, it's the place not the job!) which might
have a place for me.
And finally, should any of you happen to wander out to the west coast
this winter, I've got use of a party pad near San Diego from about
mid-January to the end of February. Pool, tub, booze, near the beach.
Y'all are most cordially invited, and it'll be a nice break from more
northerly climes. Just drop an email, and happy new year!
I am in the process of switching to a local email account in Croatia.
Please send all future emails to the following address:
My compuserve account will still be valid for a few weeks while I test the
reliability of this new server. Assuming the
new account works well, I will make a full switch. So, unless I send an
another announcement to the contrary, please use this
new address for all future correspondence.
FSVC - Zagreb, Croatia
Just to inform you, I have a new e-mail address at work and at home.
The home address is Adam's and mine: email@example.com; the work address
is firstname.lastname@example.org. I know it's a long address --
apologies. But of course there's a reason for the change: I have a new
Two weeks or so ago I began my tenure at the Washington Institute for
Near East Policy, a Middle East-oriented think tank a block away from my
old job (CSIS). I'm now at 1828 L and have a nice window office on the
10th floor. I also have many more responsibilities -- I'm the director
of publications -- and soon (I hope) will have an assistant. As a
friend said, I'm no longer simply working for the Man; I AM the Man.
Not much else to report at the moment. Best wishes and happy holidays
to all, and whether this year has been difficult or excellent, may the
coming year be filled with more bright moments than this year has been.
I frequently get e-mails from other attorneys at my firm (Cooley
Godward) asking for referrals to attorneys in other countries. If any
of you have ties to top-tier law firms outside the United States that do
corporate and business work, especially with a focus on intellectual
property, let me know.
[If you didn't know Laura Aguilar's husband Dan died Nov 28, please read the message below this one first--Stefan]
After hearing about Dan a few of you have asked if there is
anything you can do for Laura. There is a Dan Milano memorial fund at the Ronald McDonald house in Manhattan, where they stayed for
awhile during one of his treatment periods. Since Dan was a
trumpet player and a jazz aficionado, Laura and his family decided
that the money should go towards providing music lessons for
cancer patients staying there.
If you would like to contribute, please send checks to The Ronald
McDonald House, 405 East 73rd St., NY, NY 10021, ATTN: The
Dan Milano Fund.
I hate to have my first ever Sighs contribution be to report bad
news, but Laura Aguilar asked me to post a message on her
behalf. Her husband, Dan Milano, passed away on Friday,
November 28th after a long, very cruel battle with cancer. Laura is
holding up well considering the circumstances, and plans to
resume her job at the Bank of New York soon. In the meantime, if
anyone wants to get in touch with her the phone number is
212-362-8852. Her address is 150 West 74th St. Apt. B, NY, NY
10023. I'm sure she would appreciate hearing from you.
Just to give you an update on my life, I'm still working (like a dog)
as an editor in the EIU's Latin America division. We publish a
weekly newletter called Business Latin America, as well as 5 or 6
research reports each year. The work is interesting, but I would
like to transfer to our Miami office in a year or so to be closer to my
family in the Tampa area (and the equator).
Still great fun to read your SAIS website. I got the news that Jay had
moved from Sun Microsystems to the non-profit world not only via your
website but also via Fast Company -- magazine you probably know. Yes, Jay
made it in Fast Company! Check this out: [Here he is, online] Don't you see all the benefits from
being president of a non-profit organization?