Sunday, August 1, 1999

At least we didn’t mention cigars

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Last month, we ran a couple of articles that were very helpful and important, but included a few racy tidbits that some of our readers called us on. Here's what they had to say and our response.

Too hot and spicy

I want to let you know that I was shocked by your use of language in this issue. The sexual references mentioned in the "Don't get monkeyed with: a short guide to Lotus training " and the "EasySync is as easy as 1-2-3" articles were totally unnecessary and inappropriate.

Sally Mulder
Chicago, National Association of Realtors

Editor-in-chief David Gewirtz responds

Yeah, well, that's Dan for you. He's one of our more interesting writers, but he was in rare form this month. It's always a bit of a challenge deciding how far we can go. We want to get away from the dull dryness that would normally happen in a technical publication and have a bit of a sense of humor.

For example, I'm dying to ask about Fox, but I know that's just out of bounds.

We did think seriously about allowing the use of the word "screwed" in the Lotus training article and our better judgement was to cut it, but it just seemed to spice things up and so we let it ride.

Seriously, though, we'll try to tone it down in the future.

Sally Mulder's reply

Thanks for your response, Dave. I'm all in favor of spicing things up, I just ask that it is done in taste. Using sense of humor is great, but I feel that sexual references (however slight) are in poor taste.

Sally Mulder

P.S. By the way, I am not related