Coletta Anne Cannon and I met in
on Labor Day, 1969. A decade ago,
when she turned 50, I sent her a card and we talked on the phone. “Considering how close we are in age,” I
said, “it is hard to understand what your parents were so mad about.” She replied, “The fact that when I was 16, you
were 20.” We dated for two more
years, mostly under the radar. When she turned 18, she moved in. A couple of weeks
later, we flew to Lakewood Park
and got married, and returned to work the next morning. On May 15, 1972, we moved to Chicago, to be with Linda and Morris
Tannehill, authors of The Market for
Magnificat High School Prom 1971
I never loved her more than the moment when I watched an 18-year old girl close a business deal with a man twice her age. She set up his publishing business.
|My present wife and I threw a party for ourselves |
when we completed our bachelor degrees in 2008.
We invited all of our friends.
She had started after high school printing on a tabletop Multilith for an insurance company. After we moved to
she worked in quick print shops
before going into business for herself.
That was when we separated and divorced.
I wanted to move out west and picked Lansing . She stayed in Las Cruces, New Mexico .
We both remarried. But we remained
friends over the years. And she called
on me to do computer projects for her. Lansing
She had moved toMost people cannot image what kind of relationship Dagny, Francisco, Hank, and John could have had after the end of the book. We can. It is easy when people are rational and realistic, and adhere to values that enhance their lives.
returned the favor by recommending her to crack a tough nut for a Coin World newspaper when we were changing
the database formats for Trends pricing.
As a leader in the Quark Xpress national user group, she knew about the
Ferengi before I did. Here in Pittsburgh last year, when
our local Filemaker club brought in a guest speaker, I dropped Coletta’s name
and got a nod. Austin
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