I just wrote:
Both David and Stephen, thanks for the great writeups, and needless to say,
I'm highly honoured to be mentioned in both of your reviews!
I myself had my "shy guy" appearance at my first international conference,
the ATypI in Lyon in 1998. What frightened me about the recent TypeCon was
that I found myself shamelessly non-shy. I found I had talked way too much
on both panels I've participated...
I wish I could regain some of the cute shyness. Modesty looks good, doesn't
it? I found that was one of the reasons why everybody was so impressed with
Joshua Darden, including myself :)
Anyway, I was really glad to have been at TypeCon. I think it's a great idea
to have a conference in the same place everybody is staying. This greatly
encourages the off-duty social activities, which may exhibit itself in
extensive consumption of alcoholic beverages, or visiting a local
gentlemen's club (I was pleased to find out that not all type designers are
dead boring) etc. In general, it was very much fun.
I had a great pleasure to have one lunch with a group of people which
included Ed Benguiat. I think I will long remember this lunch. It was just
so funny. Ed asked me where I come from. "From Poland," I said. "Oh, this is
the place where you make water, right?," he replied. I must have been
looking stupid not having understood what he meant.
Five days later I was in New York City and found out that you can get a
bottle of "Poland Spring" on just every corner of Manhattan.
I wish all conferences were just like TypeCon. And Stephen, I think you've
been doing pretty well. My first "shy guy" thing was way worse. ;)
Chaplain, U.S. Army