Friends and Associates
Having spent more than 10 years at Atex, I made a lot of friends and
had cordial relationships with many people. After the Norwegian Purges of early 1995, many
of us have gone our own ways in the world. As a service to anyone who cares to
participate, I am posting brief information about many of the old Atex hands and, if
applicable, an Email address so that you can stay in touch. Let me know if you don't want
to be listed and also send information about anyone who should be listed.
The latest news from my end is that Agile Enterprise is a
somewhat separate part of Applied Graphics Technology and we have long since
replaced the Atex systems at both Newsweek and U.S.
News and World Report. We have retained our corporate identity, but we are a
wholly-owned subsidiary of AGT. The company has been growing slowly, but steadily
and we now have a number of small and medium newspapers under our collective belt.
Updated as of:
23 October 2005
- Mike Akillian
- Mike stopped by the Agile booth at Seybold ('96). He was looking good and is now a Vice
President of Sametz Blackstone Associates in Boston. He is working hard, but enjoying his
life after Atex. Mike was not in evidence at Nexpo.
- Ian was brought into ISGI (Germany) as a contractor by none other than Danny Chapchal.
When Danny was evaporated by ISGI's new owners, Ian also become among the unemployed.
Information from Rod Fenwick indicates that Ian is now running a company in the North of
- I would be pleased to hear from Atex folks from the 1978-80 era,
especially Ron Bell, Hugh Byers, Craig Cervo, Don Davis, Doug Drane, Fred
Lau, Ron Matros, Phil Orso, Ella Ruderman, Peter van den Beemt, Wally
Weiner, Charlie & Richard Ying, and others whom I remember well but
whose names escape me.
For my part, after kind of exploding out of Atex, I tried a dozen or so
software start-ups (see attachment), mostly now bleached bones, but a couple
of shooting stars. Finally just got tired of computers and
entered new careers as philanthropist and novelist (www.riecken.org),
while keeping a hand in at science-based enterprises.
Greetings to all.
- I last heard from Charlie at Christmas and he seemed to be enjoying his job and at peace
with the world. Charlie was at Seybold ('96) with a smile on his face, as always. I
couldn't find Charlie anywhere at Nexpo.
- Although Tom predates the Norwegian era of Atex by a goodly amount, many of us remember
him well. Tom went off to Quark many years ago, but has now left and has his own
consulting business on Colorado. Tom and Carmen were at the reunion.
- This is the first new entry in many months: "Please add my name to your list
of Alumni. I worked for Lew Horowitz in NYC through the 80's. I worked with Bob Kline and
Dave Ericsson at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. I consult on my own now. I design and
write custom Windows applications in Borland's Delphi, Java, and SQL database
Maureen Bigold (Dearstine)
- David and Moe have finished their house and have now moved in. Check Moe's new Email
- I guess it is only appropriate to put myself on this list. After the Great January 1995
Purge, I collected unemployment for the first time in my life (I don't recommend the
experience), but eventually fell into the hands of a bunch of pirates collectively known
as Agile Enterprise. I am still working on publishing software and in the company of Frank
Rizzo, Harlan Shepardson, Alan Moyer, Bob Klein, John Cushman, and John
- Ralph stopped by the Agile booth at Spring Seybold ('96) to say hello. He is still at
the Globe and looked the same, although there did seem to be a bit more of him than last I
saw him. Ralph didn't make it to Las Vegas.
- Finn left Acsys in October and is presently consulting at SysDeco (Atex) on the design
of a new state-of-the-art J-11 board. Those SysDeco people are really into advanced
technology. Finn is now at BBN in Cambridge and has an Email address as noted.
I just hear from Finn as of 13 November, 2001 and he reports that he is back
at Atex again consulting.
- After his failed bid to refinance Atex and gain control, Danny surfaced in Germany
running the ISGI subsidiary of Seimans-Nixdorf. When S-N sold ISGI, Danny got caught in
the crossfire again. Late news from Rod Fenwick is that Danny is running a small startup
in Cambridge, England.
- Max was in the Atex booth still representing Atex Media Solutions as VP of International
Sales and Operations.
- Ivan was alive and well at Seybold in the ArborText booth, extolling the virtues of
- We finally prevailed upon John and he is now the newest member of the Agile contingent.
John also has a work Email.
- We finally prevailed upon John and he is now the newest member of the Agile contingent.
John also has a work Email.
- Joe DiPerri
- I was with Atex from 1978 until 1988, before becoming a fatality. I
headed up Mechanical Engineering, under Peter Bird. I then consulted for 6
months for several companies, one of which was Tegra, working with Ward
Baxter, and Mike Rosko, where I did the mechanical design for Tegra's
I later signed on direct, and was there during Tegra's purchase of Varityper.
After 7 years of some very creative struggling and a declining economy Tegra/Varityper
became Prepress Solutions, a unique story in of itself. Two years ago,
to save the company from Chapter 11, it was sold to Monotype Systems.
All the former Atex people were let go over time; Mike Rosko,Jim lyons,etc.
I am currently semi-retired, but still keeping my hand in working as a
consultant for companies that need help doing product development.
- Art checked in with an update on what he has been up to. After leaving Atex, he did some
independent contracting, worked for a couple of companies, and spent about a year out in
California with Bill Hack. He is now at Harvard Business School Publishing consulting with
companies looking to integrate/develop multimedia training with their interactive
managment training programs.
- Still with IBM, Rod showed up at Nexpo.
- Judging from his Email address, I think Bob and Ray Nuzzolo are still in the facilities
- Howard reminded me of an old Atexism when he referred to this list as the
"Gonzo" list. I guess it really is the big Gonzo list in the sky! In any case,
he sent the following information:
"After 6 years at Atex I left to work with Fred Dickinson and Mary Melthaus at
Kodak's Boston Development Center. I work out of my house in Acton and Fred works out of
his house in Maryland. Mary has since left to go to a small start-up. Other ex-Atexers at
KBDC are Maja Gruzynski, Malik Khan and Sharon Bogin. Another local Kodak facility, KEPS,
has Gary Langille, Linda Coleman, Patti Dumas and Kate Pulnik. My other news, for anyone
who didn't know, is that we had twins (a boy and a girl) at the end of 1994."
- Larry was once again at Seybold in the Barco booth. He has been with them for three
years now. His territory is New England and Eastern Canada which keeps him on the road a
lot, but he looked great and hadn't changed a bit. He still doesn't have an Email address.
- Al was at Nexpo, still working for Atex Media Solutions, and very secretive about what
he was working on now. His badge, however, said Editorial Systems.
- Paul is now married to Carol Sexton and because she said
such nice things about my Atex page, she gets the big entry.
- Gil has now left Agile Enterprise and I do not have a current Email address for him
- Judging from the new Email address, I think I can safely assume that this home address
is shared by Paul and Katherine. Katherine seems busier than Paul is and I really don't
have much news. I spoke with Katherine at Nexpo, where she was part of the large Mission
Critical contingent. She is definitely keeping busy and reports that Paul loves his job.
Katherine was offered and accepted a job working for Ron Matros at WSI. Only trouble is,
Ron left WSI and is now CEO of FutureTense in Acton.
Marilyn Sternbach Guisbond
- I recently heard from Marilyn who had the following to report:
- "I am currently a Technology Coordinator for Diamond Middle School in Lexington. I
started back to work last October ('96) and worked part-time in both middle schools, and
now work full time school hours at one of them. I'm actually beginning to look at getting
back into the 'ole business and hope that my time here in the schools will be coming to a
close this year."
- Marilyn also has a home Email.
- Bill is still with Philadelphia and was at Nexpo.
- Steve is a fellow SCUBA diver and reports the following:
- "As with many Atex people, I left friends behind but was happy to get the heck away
from the Kodak - and later Eikonix - people. Reality wasn't in their vocabulary, and
decisions were necessary evils. I keep in touch with some of the ex financial staff,
espcially Dick Bowen (consulting under his own name on CFO type matters), Jack Doyle (CFO
Outback Steakhouse N/England franchise company), Ted Dolan (finacial management at Shiva),
and Paul Dunajski (he is still at Atex). I used to keep up with Paul McNulty, but since he
transferred from Cambridge to London with Lotus about 2 years ago I haven't seen him (he
and Nancy had two children in the last 4 years, haven't met the youngest one yet)".
- Immediately after leaving Atex, I spent 5 years as the lead framework architect of the Windows version of the One Write Plus business financial program. Peachtree bought the product and wanted to move me to Atlanta, but that wasn't in my book of fun places to live, so I found a job at a company called Allenbrook, which writes software for the property and casualty insurance industry. My wife and I run a small Ballroom Dance company in Nashua called Have A Ball Dance Studios
(www.haveaballdance.com). Yes, I have indeed changed over the years!
- I received the following note from Jo recently:
"I left Atex in January of 1993, immediately after the divestiture. As I had been
hired two weeks after Kodak had purchased the company from Doug, Charlie and Rich, I feel
like an anatomical Kodak moment. Shortly after leaving Atex, I joined Houghton Mifflin
Company and was there for 2.5 years. Since that time, I was scooped away by a competitor,
Addison Wesley Longman where I'm employed as V.P, and CIO. We're working on Internet-based
publishing and electronic commerce. Also at Addison are fellow Atex cohorts, Dorothy
Hatzikonstantis (a.k.a., Dorothy Darling), Dan O'Brien, Helene O'Brien, Steve Thomashow
and Becki Clarke."
- Robert Johnson
- Bob is still contracting at the same place. After upgrading his 60 MHz Pentium as far as
was practical, he has gone out and bought a new Pentium 233MMX mother board and built a
new system. To add insult to injury, he also has a cable modem which provides internet
connectivity at 1.5 MBit/Sec! Because of his new service provider, his Email address is
also new. For the same reason, his Home Page is temporarily down.
- The last I heard Dora was still at ComputerWorld.
- I bumped into Janice Justice as I stumbled into Seybold ('96) on Friday (1 Mar) morning.
She is now at Archetype.
- Marty, after many years of contracting has settled into a permanent job with which he is
content. Marty was at Nexpo with the Mission Critical gang. Marty and Marcia came to the
cookout for Moe. He is still at Mission Critical.
- Bob is another one of the galley slaves like me at Agile Enterprise.
- George Carvill just passed the following along to me:
"I have some very sad news; Henry Kline passed away yesterday. He went
to the hospital for some tests and he never came out from the anesthesia.
There is a funeral on Sunday at 2 pm at the Roswell Funeral Home in Roswell,
GA. The funeral home is on Mansell Street and the phone number is
- I received the following message from Cliff (only slightly edited to compact it):
- "I was with Atex (and spinoffs) from August '81 to Jan. '91. I started in the
Documentation group under George Wood at Preston Court (while Drane and the Yings were
still around) and helped write the functional specs for the R4 advertising system and
editorial systems as well as R4 user guides for DocProcessing and editorial systems. I
then worked with various people to develop the corporate communications department as PR
manager. I moved into sales working Jerry Riley on the Pagination Planning Team (PPT) as
the group's communications director (editor) and site visit planning coordinator. I then
switched to Kodak Legal Systems under Nancy Faunce as her director of corporate
communications. Since '91 when that group folded the tents, I've been on my own as Pointed
Communications working with a wide variety of clients all over the region, the nation, and
the world. Most recently, we've started our own web hosting business at
- Felix has now moved to Polaroid in Waltham. His sense of humor remains unabated. Felix
called the other day to discuss the merits of various home theater systems -- live is
tough!. I have yet to get a work Email for Felix.
Bob Lederman & Diana (Walsh)
- Marty King ran into this pair on a recent Caribbean vacation. Bob is at Fidelity and
Diana is with child!
- Pat left Atex and contracted for a number of months. He finally accepted a permanent
position, but found that it was not what he had hoped for and has gone back to
contracting, this time at Fidelity. Pat's oldest son is attending Northeastern University.
I have stayed in touch with Pat and his wife, Nancy, and he still would rather be sailing!
Just to prove it, he is the proud new owner of a Catalina 30. Pat and Nancy took Pattie
and me out sailing in the new boat - very nice! We correspond regularly via Email
and our most recent topic has been home theater systems.
- Bill sent a Christmas card which included his new business card. He is now Vice
President of Marketing for FutureTense, working for Ron Matros. His current Email
address is found in the link with his name.
- After 11 years at Atex, I "graduated" in '93. (I did manage to hang
in there long enough to get my clock.) I've stayed in software
development, but left publishing. I went to Queues Enforth
Development, where I stayed for 7 years. Since then I've served stints with
Foliage Software Systems, deNovis and SavaJe Technologies. (At the last two
I overlapped with Paul
Morrissey.) As of this writing I have just started a new gig with GeoTrust.
(Updated 23 Oct 2005).
- I had a nice note recently from John who is working at Bay Networks and building a
law/consulting business for technology and publishing companies with the rest of his time.
He says he runs into many Atexers and ex-Atexers in the course of his travels.
- Ron was at Nexpo and had a big surprise for everyone. His company announced the signing
of a letter of intent to purchase Mission Critical. Ron is redefining the direction of
Future Tense and off to a great start. If any of you build pages for the web, check out
his product at www.futuretense.com . Ron was
manning the FutureTense Nexpo booth just like the old days.
- Pat, now VP of Engineering at Atex Media Systems, stopped by the Agile Nexpo booth to
- Another name from the past! John said hello at Seybold ('96), but I neglected to get an
- Bill Mills
- Bill was at the Atex reunion, but I didn't hear where he was working now.
- Paul Morrissey
- Paul is very happy and very busy with his new job and is sometimes slow to respond to
Email. The best bet is to use his work address, but he also has a new home address. Paul actually gets some of the credit for
this page - it was at his suggestion that I undertook all this work. Now that I have
discovered Front Page, I don't mumble under my breath about Paul and his great ideas!
- Dave Monks
- From out of the dark of a cold winter's night came the following: "Am I persona Non
Grata?? Why not add me to the list -- I did run the place for 5 yrs??." Here is
the listing and Email address for none other than Dave Monks himself! Dave is now
the CEO of GGX in Waltham and reports that Paul Woods is also there.
- Alan is alive and well (just older and crankier), a principal of Agile Enterprise, Inc.,
and getting much better about responding to Email.
- It was just like old times watching Kathy get Ron's FutureTense booth whipped into
- I sure hope I spelled Tony's name correctly. I haven't heard from Tony for many months,
but at last check he was happily employed.
- Cliff Kolovson also reports that he regularly works with Keith Randall on projects.
Keith is on his own also.
- I am very sorry to report that Bill Riley died on 16 May 2002 after a long
bout with cancer. His family requests that donations be made to the
American Cancer Society in his memory. Bill was both a friend and a
classmate to me and he will be acutely missed.
- Frank is our fearless leader, Sales, and Marketing department at Agile Enterprise.
- Steve was at Nexpo with Mission Critical and a chief agitator for the Atex reunion at
- Marcia stopped by the Agile booth at Seybold ('96) to say hello. She is consulting and
doing free-lance writing.
- !!New email address as of 29 March 2004!!
- "I am happily retired and living on my farm in central Pennsylvania, about
midway between Harrisburg and Scranton. I am doing very little, and doing that very well (with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan). Yes, there was
life after Atex; I hired on as VP of marketing for a small California high-tech company that made
newsroom systems and TV automation equipment for the TV and radio industries. It was headed, incidentally, by the two guys
who developed the "Green Box Interface" for PNI, later also used by the Times of London to facilitate the conversion to an all-Atex environment at Wapping, Dean Kolkey and Tony
Chick. This company, called NewsMaker System, did well until it was acquired by a Norwegian group which has run it totally into the
ground. (Is there a lesson here somewhere?)
I do a moderate amount of traveling, enjoy farming, reading and playing the piano again, looking after my health which, after 60 years of Diabetes, is
remarkably fine according to my doctors."
- Mike sends the following:
- "After leaving Atex in '88 I was unemployed for about 6 months, and then I went to
work for Concord Communications in Marlborough. Concord is one of those places where
nothing is ever good enough or done soon enough, so they chew up and spit out a lot of
people. So I got spit out in May of '90. I was pretty fed up with the computer industry by
then, so I spent 8 years trying unsuccessfully to be successfully self-employed. I finally
threw in the towel about 6 weeks ago and got a real job again. I'm at ATS, Inc. in
Wilmington (the company where Norm used to work) working on a classified advertising
system." Mike also has a home Email address: email@example.com
- After ascending and falling off the Java mountain, Mark is now contracting. Mark still
has a web page at <http://www.xtdl.com/~schlag>.
- Hermann checked in to let us all know that Max Coebergh succeeded in attaining the ripe
old age of 40. (Gosh, it must be terrible to be that old!) He
also left an Email address and indicates that he is now selling his publishing expertise
to the media industry. He gave me the address of a web
site to check out his current activities.
- I got the following very nice note from Carol:
"Great web site. Truly awesome. Thanks for putting this
Here's a brief bio... Paul George and I got married in '94.
We're living in Los Altos, CA and loving it. Paul's at Adobe , and I'm Marketing Manager
for Carnelian, a Silicon Valley Internet startup... providers of online publishing
solutions. And we're expecting a baby boy on May 18th.
I can't tell you how much fun it was to see all those Atex names."
- Here's the latest (15 Jun 2005) from Bruce:
I am at Silicon Graphics (have been for the the past 5 years) after Screen
rolled back all of its operations due to the downturn in the US and Japan in
the late 1990s. I am living in the SF bay area, but miss Southern Calif
(nearly a decade with Screen in Orange county)
I have been managing
workstation and visualization systems ( HW and SW) development, as well as
midrange servers (with products such as SGI Fuel, Tezro, Onyz350, Origin350
and Onyx4). Just recently moving into our Intel Itanium/Linux based systems
and putting out the Prism systems (large scale and recent intro of deskside -
we try not to call it workstation). Still stirring up trouble and change -
SGI now starts new product development before it introduces the preceding
product (new concept - replace your own machines before the competition does)
We are still struggling though.
I don't run into many Atex folks recently, but I do keep in contact with
Steve Aranoff (I knew him before ATEX and the vaunted EPPS ( which included
- Pat, still at Mission Critical, stopped by the Agile booth several times during the
- Sue stopped by the Agile booth at Nexpo. She is with EDT (THE
EDT) and working on the global news project. I saw Sue at the reunion, but didn't have a
chance to talk.
- I started working at Atex about the time that Release 3 was, er,
released. In many ways it was the first true Atex system (as opposed
to a promo dummy or a pre-alpha first try). I left along with lots of others
when Kodak bought the place.
- After spending a year in California, John is now Manager of Customer Services for
Cascade Systems Inc. One of the primary reasons John seemed not to answer Email is that
his address changed some time ago! The name link is updated with his work address and he
also has a home Email. John, Felix Layne and I got
together a while back ago to catch up on things.
- Norm rectified his commuting problem by moving to Net Rights in Milford, New Hampshire.
All Email is answered promptly! Norm also has a Web page
for your enjoyment and a work Email address.
Norm not only has his own internet domain now, but he also has moved to Progress Software
- I was at Atex from 1982 until 1991. I worked for Bill Page in Customer Services, Janice
Justics (Ivan Cottrell) in Marketing Services and Sue Stevens & Linda Howard in
Training. I have been at Avid Technology in Tewksbury MA for the past 6 years writing
documentation. I was the first person at Avid to go part-time! I have a 7 year old boy and
4 year old girl keeping me pretty busy.
- Brian "Snake" Trombley is alive, well, and is working with Brian Lacey and Don
Hollands. I didn't see him at Nexpo, but was assured by Don Hollands that he was still
selling something at the show!
- John is now at Agile heading up Customer Service. His commute is almost as short as mine
(when he is not on the road at a customer site). He checks his Email regularly.
- I received the following message (paraphrased) from Steve:
"I worked for Atex in the UK for 2 years 93 - 95. I was one of the casualties of the
"Norwegian Purges of early 1995". Have you collected any info on any of the UK
employees? It would be great to get in touch with some of them again! For myself I now
work for EDS Unigraphics as a consultant on the IMAN product which is a data management
tool for design/manufacturing applications. The work is interesting and I am very busy but
I still miss the Atex days (even though I was ther for a short time)."
- Wally was at Seybold ('96) and didn't seem to have changed a bit. He is still nursing
his dual-floppy PC-XT along, so don't expect to find him surfing the Web.
- I ran into Bill at Seybold while I was talking with Ivan Cottrell. Bill is also working
for ArborText, but I neglected to get an Email address.
- Tad was a field Systems Engineer for Atex from 83-91 and also drove the demo van for
about a year. After getting RIFed in '91, he worked in Atlanta for a couple of different
companies including a stint with Varityper (who also laid him off). He is currently the
Systems Analyst with a large law firm in Atlanta. In his own words "This feels like
home, so I'll probably stay here for a long time". He stays in touch with Jodi
Epstein, Marty Duda and a few other folks from Atlanta/Seminole. If anyone is looking for
anyone from the Southeast, let him know and he'll try to get info for them.
- Cliff found my page through Gary Langille and sent the following:
"After continuing on with Kodak's Color Management group until 1996, I moved on to
become VP of Engineering at Imagraph Corporation, which is a manufacturer of video frame
grabbers and compression boards. I will be teeing of at Billerica CC near dawn on Friday
mornings for anyone who would like to join me."
- Bill spent some time at Agile, but is now off pursuing his many unique interests. As far
as I know, he is still in the Boston area. Bill is the source of many of the new Email
addresses on this list. Bill is compiling a master list of Atex and ex-Atex people,
whereas my list is mostly the people from my era at Atex and particularly those I worked
with directly. Bill publishes his list on his web site
and is constantly looking for information to include. Check out his site and send him your
- I saw Heather at the cookout for Moe and didn't even recognize her! To say that she is
with child is akin to saying there is some water in the Atlantic Ocean. She and Steve are
expecting their first-born in July.
- I just got the following message from Peter:
"After Atex, you may recall I founded Vital Imaging Systems with Steve Wadle, later
got head-hunted to Iris Graphics, a Scitex company in Bedfore as VP Eng. Since then have
migrated through to a move to the freezing far north - now VP Engineering at Check
Technology Co in Minneapolis. Got a place on the lake and a boat - but useless until
the damn place thaws out! Hope to play in the next Atex golf outing in May - will look out
for some friendly faces then!
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