Dear AT&T…

To:     AT&T, Uverse Division Fr:     Gary Szabo, a loyal but disgruntled customer   Dear AT&T: I’m writing to recommend some changes to your next version of the Pace 5031NV DSL modem, aka “the Uverse modem.” I UNDERSTAND the importance of making a trouble-free device; one that’s so bulletproof and simple in its’ execution […]

“Have Fun Storming the Castle!”

Dear Teachers, Friends of Teachers, and Champions of Education: I don’t have to tell you that the road to getting the State of Oklahoma to single out your issue for funding is going to be hard.  But I almost pity the poor legislators, who drive low-mileage, late-model cars, who think they’ll be able to make […]

“Would You Rather…”

Gather round, kiddies — we’re going to talk about business ethics. Wait!  Don’t run away! When my wife worked at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, one of her coworkers used to ask interesting interview questions to get at the heart of the ethical dilemmas inherent in modern work.  For example:  “Would you work for a […]

Pining for PINE

Every now and again, I have a technology-themed “Marcel Proust Moment”… In the first volume of Marcel Proust’s ‘Remembrance of Things Past,’ he dunks a cookie into his tea and immediately he’s transported back, into a reverie and remembrance of his life years before. That’s how I feel when I hear the latest news about Pine, […]

Riding that White Stag, all the way to the DNA Sequencer…

November 29, 2017 This year and last, thanks to Ancestry.com, Google searching and Google translate, I’ve been able to fill in many bits and pieces in my wacky and far-ranging family genealogy.  I’ve written here about some of the discoveries in my Father’s history in Hungary.  Thanks to a zealous Schoonover family genealogist in West […]

Laboratories of Democracy

Back in the mid-90s, I worked at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington.  It was my second time moving away from Oklahoma, and the first time where the experience changed me and helped me develop into the leader I try to be today. It also taught me about the many different names for rain, as well as […]

Play to your Strengths

October 26, 2017 One of the best parts of my profession involves being a tireless seeker of truth, and by extension, information.  It’s been a part of me forever.  When I was growing up minor arguments would erupt at the dinner table that would be solved by me rushing to the bookshelves, grabbing a World […]