I’ll never forget the morning I became a gypsy.
I was seven years old and walking our herd of 35 Holstein cows down the road a quarter of a mile from the barn to pasture, after the morning milking.
It was about 6:30 on that beautiful July southern Wisconsin morning. Blue skies, the smell of fresh-cut hay, and chirping starlings, robins, and sparrows kept me company.
And then I saw it. It seemed to appear out of nowhere: the Goodyear blimp.
It hung in that pure blue sky, silently floating slowly overhead, hardly moving at all. I was amazed, mesmerized, staring at that strange airborne contraption.
What a moment. I’ve never seen it since. But that’s all it took. It had its effect.
Something clicked in my mind that morning, and I knew: I wouldn’t be milking cows the rest of my life. The road, the world, and an adventurous life called.
I’ve spent more than 25 years in high tech—and what a ride it’s been. I started in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with IBM, an excellent training ground for business, sales and marketing, and customer relations.
I worked at other companies over the years – Fujitsu, Amdahl, Lotus, Huawei, and others. I’ve lived in Sydney, London, Rotterdam, Bogota, Tokyo, and Bangkok. Each move offered excellent chances to work with talented professionals, teaming up with some of the best editors and marketers in the industry.
I’ve written and edited millions of words – everything from executive speeches to user manuals, white papers to case studies, email autoresponders to software documentation, and everything in between.
And you know what? Words are still the straw that stirs the drink. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the other new technologies — they all require words: powerful, well-aimed words that will get you business when written and edited well.
As long as words are around, we editors will continue to polish, re-cast, and muscle them up to make you look your very best.
On the inside, I’m still that seven-year-old farm boy, staring, amazed, at the Goodyear blimp. But I’m still the gypsy too, exploring the world.
Home for the past several years has been Bangkok, 12 hours ahead of New York. Thanks to the digital age, I can work wherever there’s great Wi-Fi. We can work together from anywhere. We can start with an email and jump on Skype as often as we need.
It’s a great time to be an editor. Let’s get to work.