No matter how hard I tried to write this column without mentioning the terrorist attack on American institutions that took place on Sept. 11, I couldn't. The events of that day have forever affected our hearts, minds and lives, and will never be forgotten.
During the last few weeks, President George Bush, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and others have repeatedly urged Americans to get on with their lives so that the country won't be paralyzed by the fear and uncertainty that can linger after such a traumatic event. No matter what else happens-war, further terrorist attacks or even peace-that is sound and sage advice that most of us have tried to follow.
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
Let us move forward with strong and active faith."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. president, undelivered address for Jefferson Day, given by FDR, Jr. (April 13, 1945)
Taking a cue from that quotation, this issue of Printed Circuit Design not only contains some positive news in the form of our annual Salary Survey (see page 26), but also a light-hearted look at shopping etiquette from a male vs. female point of view (see "Back Page" on page 40). What does shopping have to do with printed circuit design? Not much. And that's the point of "Back Page"-to provide you with humorous editorial that doesn't remind you of work, lowered corporate forecasts, downsizing, the stock market or other blood pressure-increasing news.
We think that Associate Editor Andy Shaughnessy does a great job of writing "Back Page" and if you agree, let him know. (Kind words, as well as critical ones, are always welcome). And please feel free to suggest topics for future installments of "Back Page" or even to submit your own funny prose for consideration and possible publication in PCD. Send your suggestions and copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This issue also includes great feature articles on rigid flex design, differential pairs and protective coatings by three well-known experts who have also taught courses at the PCB Design Conferences: Doug Brooks, Tom Stearns and Mary Sugden.
The staff of Printed Circuit Design sincerely thanks those who took time to participate in the 2001 Salary Survey. Data collection ended on Sept. 15 and the drawing for the Archos 6000 MP3 player was held soon after. The lucky winner was Alan D. Hall of Peoria, AZ. Congratulations to Alan, who told us when we called with the good news that he never wins anything. Well, this time, he did.
Finally, a wish for us all:
"We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression-everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want ... everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear ... anywhere in the world."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. president in his annual message to Congress, Jan. 6, 1941, in Washington, D.C.
2001 CMP Media LLC.
11/1/01, Issue # 1811, page 5.
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