Thanks, Vince. You've eloquently put into words what I imagine many of us feel about Craig. I've been out of the "Pizza Group loop" for several years, but I did have the pleasure of working with Craig at South Burlington for several years and also benefited from his knowledge and patience. I won't try to compete with what Vince has written, but I join in wishing you well, Craig, and will be looking forward to when you return to VT! Steve >>> [log in to unmask] 12/27/04 8:24 AM >>> I started out to write some of my usual jocularly derisive stuff as a send-off for Craig, but I found myself instead reflecting rather soberly on Craig and what he's done for all of us over the years. (And we're talking YEARS!) I didn't want to make this sound like a retirement eulogy, because I'm choosing to believe that Craig will be back in our midst, as he (almost) promises, in a year or so, but I guess it came out like that anyway. Still, I'd like to share it with you. Some of you tech support people may not even have reached kindergarten when Craig cranked up the first school BBS in the state. I think it was in the spring of 1985 (that's not a typo: it was EIGHTY-five, not ninety-five) that Craig set up an RBBS system at CVU using a PC with twin 5 1/4" floppies (no hard drive) and a 300 Baud modem. I say Craig started it, but that's not entirely correct; the CVU computer club started it. And therein lies the talent that makes Craig an outstanding educator: he has the ability to get kids fired up about a project, nurse them through the start-up phase, and then step back and let them run with it while he waits in the background for the inevitable call for help. When it comes, his help is both patient and generous. When kids screw up, there's no blame-laying or smug patronizing; Craig is there with a smile, encouragement, and good advice. I'm not sure if Craig has had much direct contact with students in his more recent positions, but if not, it's a shame. He has the confidence to give kids the benefit of the doubt, to create an open computing environment that fosters independence and creativity. With Craig, the kids have always come first. Craig's generosity has certainly not been reserved solely for his students. For instance, in 1992, when we in Montpelier decided to set up a FidoNet BBS to become part of the developing state-wide network, I must have been on the phone with Craig at least once a day for a month. Never did he get annoyed or impatient with my stupidity, rather, with a calm, steady voice, he coached me through the TBBS system's arcane world of user levels and flags until the thing actually worked. And this was but the first of his many responses to my cries for help over the years since. Another thing that impresses about Craig is his lack of ego. Unlike many of us (well, me anyway) who fear appearing inadequate before our colleagues, Craig has no problem admitting that he doesn't have the answer to a particular question or that he was wrong about something. In fact, the few times I've seen him proven wrong, he seemed absolutely pleased to have had the learning experience. And so many times, at conferences and workshops, Craig has asked the question that was on my mind but which I wouldn't ask because I thought I'd seem dumb. Thank you, Craig. He has been there for a great many of us when we were stuck and needed a hand, but he has rarely asked for anything in return. I don't know that there are a whole lot of guys like Craig Lyndes around, and I, for one, will miss him - even if it is just for a year. -Vince Vince Rossano Information Technology Director Montpelier Public Schools 58 Barre Street Montpelier, VT 05602 Phone: 802-225-8690 This email may contain information protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). If this email contains confidential and/or privileged health or student information and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA or HIPAA, federal regulations require that you destroy this email without reviewing it and you may not forward it to anyone.