If you went to a WinWriters/WritersUA event between 1993 and 2013 (yeah 20 years), there is a good chance you collected your badge from a little grey-haired lady. And you probably wondered why an old guy was always stooped over pushing around heavy carts of boxes. Those were my parent’s Joe and Estelle.
They both died this year. My mom in May and my dad just last week. Being in their 90s it wasn’t a huge surprise. Both of them being in Covid lock-down at a nursing home was a surprise and I wasn’t able to physically be in the same room with either of them at the end.
I was going through some drawers in their condo and found piles of conference badges, bags, souvenirs, brochures. They really enjoyed their time at those events. Most importantly, they really enjoyed the people at those events. Many of you got to know them and and they got to know you – for as much as you can at a conference. A few laughs over a couple of drinks with familiar faces during the reception meant so much to them.
I’m not sure they ever really understood anything about the conference content except it being about “computers”. But that didn’t matter to them. They enjoyed the work, they enjoyed the attendees, and they looked forward to it every year. From Seattle, to Boston, to London, to Copenhagen, to Las Vegas, to Palm Springs – it was their late life adventure.
I appreciate everyone who was so kind and welcoming to them as part of our user assistance community.
Any remembrances can be directed in their name to the accessibility effort at their life-long church.