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(10-26-19, 03:34 PM)
This is a group visited by folks from many places so a bit of explanation
might be helpful.

The United States of America declared its independence from Great Britain
on July 2nd, 1776. Politicians being what they are, even then, the
Congress did not get around to ratifying this Declaration until July 4th,
which remains the traditional date of celebration.

People who are present at Momentous Moments sometimes keep in touch and
that was the situation for President Thomas Jefferson and President John
Adams. On July 4th, 1826 - the 50th anniversary of the ratification -
President Adams lay on his deathbed and breathed his last words of 'Thomas
Jefferson still lives.'

Like many other politician he was wrong... President Jefferson had
shuffled off his mortal coil five hours earlier. (I just typed this and
thought 'only five hours... that's close enough for government work')

Almost, but not nearly as morbidly likewise, I have been informed that
William Klein still lives. As befits one of the True Giants of his work
and time he is not going gently into that good night... and as befits Mr
Klein he isn't raging much, either. He works, solidly and with sound
reasoning, at gracing our planet with his presence.

Those who still can, please... raise a toast to one who has done good for
many, many people.

DD
Arnold Trembley (10-27-19, 09:13 AM)
On 10/26/2019 8:34 AM, docdwarf wrote:
[..]
> Those who still can, please... raise a toast to one who has done good for
> many, many people.
> DD


Thanks, Doc.
I've exchanged a few emails with William Klein over the years, and I
know he's had some health problems. So I'm glad to hear he's still around.
0robert.jones (10-31-19, 08:40 PM)
On Saturday, 26 October 2019 14:34:57 UTC+1, docd...@panix.com wrote:
[..]
> Those who still can, please... raise a toast to one who has done good for
> many, many people.
> DD


Despite some health problems, he is still making valuable contributions to the next COBOL standard, .
Robert
pete dashwood (11-02-19, 01:50 AM)
On 27/10/2019 02:34, docdwarf wrote:
[..]
> Those who still can, please... raise a toast to one who has done good for
> many, many people.
> DD

Absolutely! I was surprised to hear that Bill is still with us, given
the seriousness of his condition, but also glad to know he is not gone yet.

He is one of the Giants for COBOL and a fierce protector of the famous
statement from CODASYL that the companies who worked to invent the
language wanted it to be free to all. (You can charge people for writing
and providing a compiler, but you cannot copyright the language itself.)

I hope he remains comfortable and with us for some time yet.

Pete.
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