brush with fame (well, almost)

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I just flew from Philadephia to Ottawa (returning from Boston,
and yes, that is a strange route), and the guy that sat next me
on the flight from philly was Michael Cowpland, former President
and CEO of Corel.

I thought it looked like him, but couldn't think of any way
to ask without sounding like a doofus. "uuh... hey... are you
Michael Cowpland?" I assumed that if it was really him, he would
have something to say when I fired up my new Sony Vaio with the
huge Debian linux logo on the desktop, but nope.

Also, I couldn't figure out why someone worth hundreds of millions
would be sitting next to me in coach on a tiny plane that had to
sit on the runway for an hour in philly waiting for a takeoff slot.

But, sure enough, he left his boarding pass on his seat, and
that's who it was. I can't believe I didn't talk to him!
What a putz I am.

--
Gerald Oskoboiny <gerald@impressive.net>
http://impressive.net/people/gerald/

Re: brush with fame (well, almost)

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On Tue, 10 Apr 2001, Gerald Oskoboiny wrote:

> I just flew from Philadephia to Ottawa (returning from Boston,
> and yes, that is a strange route), and the guy that sat next me
> on the flight from philly was Michael Cowpland, former President
> and CEO of Corel.
>
> I thought it looked like him, but couldn't think of any way
> to ask without sounding like a doofus. "uuh... hey... are you
> Michael Cowpland?" I assumed that if it was really him, he would
> have something to say when I fired up my new Sony Vaio with the
> huge Debian linux logo on the desktop, but nope.
>
> Also, I couldn't figure out why someone worth hundreds of millions
> would be sitting next to me in coach on a tiny plane that had to
> sit on the runway for an hour in philly waiting for a takeoff slot.
>
> But, sure enough, he left his boarding pass on his seat, and
> that's who it was. I can't believe I didn't talk to him!
> What a putz I am.

Heh, he didn't talk to you either. Must've heard about your ratings
slide on Google (oh, the shame...).

Anyway his wife sounds far more interesting (as does Canada now):

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/city/971028/1307689.html
[[
The outrageous wife of Michael Cowpland was the main attraction at the
Corel Draw Gala yet again this year, wearing a clinging dress that left
even less to the imagination than previous frocks.
[...]
"At least the crack in my bum isn't showing like last year"
[...]
"Michael said if the stock goes up, next year he'll buy me the other
half of the dress."
]]

wonder what happened if (when) the stock tanked...

danbri

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