Boston Broadside
November/December 2001
Vol. 59,  No. 2
    Newsletter of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication


Copyright © STC Boston 2001

Letter from the Editor

By Daphna Edgar

September 11, 9/11. Each of us started the second Tuesday of September with various connotations attached to these words: a meeting, a deadline, a doctor's appointment, maybe a birthday. In a moment, of course, our associations would change completely. The words September 11 will obtain a special meaning in history books and will forever evoke horrifying memories and emotions in all of us. Soon after the attacks, a new vocabulary emerged. Quickly, the words the events of September 11 became the buzzwords we now use to refer to the hijackings and the resulting destruction and death. The phrases before 9/11 and after 9/11 now demarcate history for us in ways that are not yet completely clear. A call to 911 is not just a call for help, but a memory of the victims whom we could not help.

With 9/11 as a new reference point and with the backdrop of a new war, our lives continue. As always, the Boston Chapter of the STC has continued in its mission to provide ongoing learning and professional networking opportunities, enhancing the membership's ability to harness the power of words. On September 13, the Chapter opened the first program of the year with a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the attacks, followed by an engaging presentation about career ladders by Saul Carliner. October saw a daylong workshop by Chris Juillet on independent consulting, as well Mike Doyle's presentation about HTML tools. The annual Interchange conference provided two days of learning and networking for technical communicators. Stay tuned for a year packed with programs, Chapter activities, and community service opportunities.

With the events of September 11 in mind, we approach the holiday season. As we each celebrate holidays with personal meaningRamadan, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwaanzaa, Christmas, the New Yearlet us remember a word whose connotation has universal meaning as well as a particular exigency. Peace. Shalom. Salaam.

Daphna Edgar is a Technical Writer at Sungard Trading and Risk Systems and a graduate of the Bentley College Technical Communication Certificate program. She can be reached at .