RE: Technical Writer's Day

Subject: RE: Technical Writer's Day
From: "Humbird, LenX" <lenx -dot- humbird -at- intel -dot- com>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000 12:26:05 -0700

Are we to use Tech Writer's day to celebrate ...technical writers?

How about having it coincide with Gutenberg's birthday? Or the day Adobe
Corporation was incorporated, as they produced Postscript; or Apple, for
mass producing desktop publishing? Or (depending on your gender)
Eric's/Deborah's birthday?

In spirit, this is a nice gesture, but I personally don't think I (or any
other twch writer) needs a national holiday in recognition of the lowly
manual. If word got out to the programmers, they'll want their own holiday.
Then test engineers will want their day. Followed shortly by tech support
jocks, marketers... even secretaries! (Oh, that's right, they already got
their way.)

Personally I celebrate whenever I finish a client-project. Which is
averaging about once per year.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Guru Kamath [mailto:guru -at- bom5 -dot- vsnl -dot- net -dot- in]
> Subject: Technical Writer's Day
> As a humble technical writer from India, I have regarded this
> list as a
> seminar or a university. After several years on this list
> (with some periods
> of absence of course), I have been happy to contribute to this list my
> little bit of knowledge and experience.
> I was wondering why not have a Technical Writer's Day. This
> will bring our
> profession into the limelight. We can then celebrate this
> event all over the
> world by having seminars, meetings, training programs, and of course
> parties.
> How about celebrating it on Benjamin Franklin's birthday? I think Ben
> (excuse the familiarity) was a great technical writer. I am
> a Poor Richard
> fan!

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