"Life is short. And we have so little time to let those special people in our lives know how much we care."
I remember that article, and I remember e-mailing him about it to thank him. That comment started a major change in the direction of my life spiritually, one which has resulted in improved relationships with my entire family.
Thanks, Frank, we'll miss you.
I met and came to know Frank at the AdHoc dinners of Silicon Valley marketers. Frank was like everyone's favorite Uncle -- plenty of wisdom and he told great industry stories, but always with a wink. In other words, don't take any of it too seriously.
The industry was better because of him, and he will be missed. Thanks, Frank
Thanks for lighting this campfire, Brian.
I remember when we were coming to grips with the decision to close OEM Magazine. Frank took me on a final round of meetings to tell our story to advertisers and hear their stories. He was a trusted guide in a difficult transition.
He would typically start off business meetings by asking everyone to say their name, their job and the elementary school they attended. It was a simple but affective ice breaker, inviting people to show how behind their business-like adult persona a playful kid was still kicking around.
Some more Burge stories:
I remember my first EETimes sales meeting in the Fall of 1985 @Electro in Boston. Frank had run a summer sales contest for the ad "display reps" and he was handing out wads of cash to the winners. The sales meeting went on all day followed by some tedious dinner. After the dinner broke up and we got back to the hotel, I looked at my new boss(John Griffin) and said "where can I go to grab a beer in this hotel where I could sit down and not have to talk to any CMP managers". He pointed to the piano bar, smiled and said "Try that place" so I walked in and saw Frank singing with the piano player and getting the crowd involved. I tried to sneak out but he saw me, invited me over and there I sat, singing old show tunes with Frank until 2am
Frank's great strength was he loved people and life in equal measure, he was a terrific sounding board on all aspects of business and would tell you things you didn't want to hear. I was lucky enough to have lunch with Frank this year at his beloved Pedro's in Los Gatos and as usual I left a little wiser and calmer, he will be missed.
As editor at Electronic Business Asia in Hong Kong in the early 90s,I spent several years adapting Frank's columns to fit our publication. Many of his best pieces started with a conversation with his barber. Whether fanciful or real conversations, Frank tackled difficult business and engineering questions and delivered a story that held your attention and, often helped you consider things from a different angle, and in the end, made you feel good whether or not you agreed with his conclusion. Frank was a real storyteller. He was an original. He will be missed.