This year I spent over 3 months in Japan. This was still
a very heavy pace, but less than the 6 months, which I
spent last year. So far, thanks to the hard work of many
people, we are making headway in our initial efforts to
enter the switching market in Japan. I was recognized in
the company magazine as one of the Heroes of
Strategic Intent for my work to open the market
in Japan. There were eleven stories on other heroes, but
I ended up with a larger photo. Sometimes it pays to work
I spent a week in Hawaii last winter. This is a great
place just to relax, but half of the tourists are from
Japan. I also spent a week during the summer in Texas
including attending both nights of my 30th High School
reunion. It was a wonderful chance to see old friends
who I had not seen in 10, 20 or 30 years. I was selected
as the Least Changed Male. The secret is to
choose your ancestors carefully. The organizers had a
school newspaper on display from 1961, which had an
article by me about Herbert Pietsch, my pen pal in
East Berlin and German Communism.
This year my father and I continued to work on the
Family Tree. I bought him a new Macintosh, but he is
doing all the work. He selected the Reunion
program on which I helped him get started during his
visit. So far he has entered over 1200 names of
ancestors, relatives and their spouses. He is in active
communication with dozens and dozens of people. This work
is getting all the previous research into one data base.
Some day we want to publish it, but so much remains to be
Recently we had some bad news: my aunt Helen
Parrish passed away in South Bend, Indiana. Rest in
- Andre Marrou, the Libertarian candidate
for President, beat both President Bush
and Bill Clinton in the first primary contest in
February in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.
- Four Libertarians were elected to the New
- The Libertarian candidate changed the outcome in
the Senate race in Georgia.
- The grand total of the major US disasters
(Chicago Flood, Las Angeles Riots, Hurricane
Andrew) was less than one-tenth of this
years Federal Budget red ink.
- This years Federal Government red ink
exceeded the total Federal Debt when I was in
- Total Federal Debt today is $4,000,000,000,000
and growing rapidly. Hello.
- 1992 was the 500th birthday of the discovery of
America. Columbus got bad press this year.
The difference between the Spanish goal of
seizing gold and the Pilgrims goal of
building a new world was all the difference.