Thatcher Memories

Currently residing in the where are they now file…

This is Shinzo, photographed in the Spring of 1996 at Thatcher Residence Hall at Umass-Amherst. Note the high tech wa-puro (waado purosessah) on the desk. In the days before Japanese input had become comonplace on our everyday desktop pc’s, that little wonder was the envy of the Asian Languages department. All of us took turns writing our final papers on it. I think it was a Sharp. Oh how we ooh’d and aww’d at the output it produced. I haven’t seen Shinzo since the summer of 1999 when I spent a couple of days at his place outside Tokyo en route to Narita Airport. We went out for a little izakaya fare with some of Shinzo’s co-workers from the NGO where he was working at the time. Last I heard, he was still there, working to improve Japanese philanthropy to developing countries in Africa. Shinzo, where are you? 連絡してぞ。


Author: iamacat

Writer Having studied Japanese and other non-roman alphabet using languages, I appreciate the particular frustrations of language learners in the computer world. I enjoy helping people get their multilingualization going, no matter what operating system or desktop environment they happen to be in. Being an open source enthusiast, I push uim and anthy without reservation in *nix environments. Although lately, ibus has made things easy in modern Linux distributions, to the point of making much of these old posts moot.

2 thoughts on “Thatcher Memories”

  1. {quote} summer of 1999 when I spent a couple of days at his place outside Tokyo en route to Narita Airport (/end quote)… Oh, man, I remember that day!! Whoops,I’m not Shinzo. But I am your ol’ pal robbie who escorted ya the whole way and saw yer big beautiful plane fly away at the gibsonian portal of Narita, Chiba, Japan

    oh, never mind. at least one of us remembered it. That’s better than none. Or is it? haha.

  2. Aaah yes… Tokyo… the city that never sleeps. But its airport sure does.
    Jeez, those were the days before ubiquitous whiz bang digital photography. Gotta dig up those old pics and scan ’em in! I think I was out of film for the trip to Narita. Hop into the wayback machine for those, Robbie.

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