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Re: Nader Conference? (A view from someone who was there...)
Since you bring up being "a regular guy:"
>As I've said in past posts to this list, I'm just a regular guy who leads
>an association of non-profit groups from around the world. I do it on an
>all-volunteer basis. I receive no money for it and I operate independent of
>Microsoft and every other company in the computer industry.
Let's clarify. Let's do a reality check.
Charles Kelly, regular guy, is:
- President of The Worldwide Association of NT User Groups, in its own
words, "committed to the advance of Windows NT-based solutions" and
dedicated to "providing a platform to 'drive' Windows NT and related
products into the enterprise." Also founding member and member of Board of
Directors, along with at least one representative from Microsoft, if a
microsoft.com address is any indication. See www.wantug.org/.
- President, Association of Windows NT Systems Professionals (NT*Pro),
Washington, DC. NT*Pro, according to its Web site, was "personally
launched by Microsoft's Bill Gates on October 17, 1993." NT*Pro sponsors
include two regional Microsoft offices, Microsoft Federal and Microsoft
Mid-Atlantic. See www.ntpro.org/.
Is it any wonder that the press conference you organized and hosted at noon
featured the slogan, "Ralph Nader Doesn't Speak for Me?" No surprise
there. According to a press report (SJMN, 11-14), you acknowledged
receiving help in organizing the press conference from Edelman Public
Relations, a major firm listing Microsoft among its clients. Who picked up
>I haven't seen the Nader group present any specific number of people they
>represent--other than Sun, Netscape, Sybase, and "ambulance-chasing"
>lawyers. I wonder why?
It's an ad hoc group, that's why, composed of uncounted numbers of people.
They/we are an unorganized lot, not members of a particular organization,
with varied lifestyles, jobs and interests. It's kind of like the Internet
itself -- you can't summarize its participants or wrap them in tidy boxes.
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