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Amy Tan, author of "The Joy Luck Club,"
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writer for IBM before she became an acclaimed novelist.
From: Marilynne Smith [mailto:marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Famous Technical Writers?
I consider John McPhee to be a famous Technical Writer. Though he is a
journalist, he is wonderfully adept and discussing technical material.
At 09:59 AM 11/15/99 , Bill Hartzer wrote:
>A recent discussion among technical writers at my company brought up the
>Are there any famous technical writers?
>Has anyone ever become famous by being a technical writer?
>Right now, the only "famous" technical writer I can think of would be
>Joanne Hackos, who, in my book, has become "famous" by writing great
>technical writing books. But that's only my opinion.
>The technical writing industry has been around for a while, but is still
>considered by some to be "new." I know there are famous scientists, famous
>pediatricians, and famous football players, but is the technical writing
>enough yet so that we've created famous technical writers? Has our industry
>If you're subscribed to this list, and you ARE a famous technical writer,
>has anyone ever asked you for your autograph?
>Cordially, Bill Hartzer
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