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Happy New Year

January 3, 2010

On Dec. 31, 2009 I sent the following to a great many of our editorial contacts and friends in the industry:

"We're a few hours away from closing out a year that brought difficult times to a great many; good ol'Virgil had it right when he wrote (in the Aneid), "Maybe one day we shall be glad to remember even these things." Meanwhile I'm with Oscar Wilde who wrote (in The Picture of Dorian Gray), "Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different. HAPPY NEW YEAR!"


Many thanks to the huge numbers of folks who had sent me good wishes earlier and to those who responded to this latest. Onward and upward, all together now...


Well, we've made it across; the house filled up with visitors from points far away and they all made their flights safely, more or less on time... The Denver weather cooperated beautifully—cold enough to keep the pretty snow on the ground, but mostly blue sky and brilliant sunshine, just right for brisk walks after copious meals. Now the various degrees of jetlag have worn off, the catching up and the festivities are over, the visitors have dispersed, and tomorrow morning we'll be back at work.


Sad news from Sydney where my good buddy "Scottie" Reba passed away from an acute stroke just before Christmas. I'll miss her when I get back in February.Reba looked very similar to her pal Fergus who appears with me in this picture taken last March. (He's the one with the long nose.) Poor Fergus is a bit lost I'm told.


But first comes the yearly trip to Anaheim near Los Angeles, CA, for the NAMM show. What will the industry mood be like? What new products will we see? Stay tuned—we'll report as usual, at first on the website and then in the magazine.


Wishing you a good start to the working week and the rest of the year.

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