Yesterday at the ballgame, Mom gave me a copy of an article Dad wrote in 1987 about the then-nascent idea processor category. He didn’t mention that his sons (Peter and I) had written the programs he was writing about.

Dad loved outliners, and it was a thrill to know this and at times a little embarrassing. 🙂

I created a PDF scan of the article and uploaded it to the blog here, for posterity.

BTW, the Mets won in extra innings, 1-0. We couldn’t stay, opting instead for a delicious Chinese dinner on Main St in Flushing instead. Let’s go Mets! 🙂


I was just searching for the Money Magazine article he wrote, and came across his Wikipedia profile.


One Year

26Sep10

It has been one year (Oct 3rd, 2009) since Leon died. But his presence is with me all the time.

Brian Weiss suggests that when one passes the soul seeks another person to inhabit, usually an about to be born baby. Well Maria, my next door neighbor had a grandchild about a month after Leon died. I hypothesize that that infant, Joey is where Leon’s soul now resides. A sweet, bright and curious baby.

During this year I have been part of a meditation group led by Rabbi Michael Weisser at the Free Synagogue of Flushing. It has been a very healing experience. I cherish it. The Rabbi was using a watch which he propped in front of him to keep time. So I gave him a clock that Leon had been using to time his meditation. Now Leon (at least his clock) is in the midst of us every Tuesday evening. The one light in the room seems to shine upon this clock. I feel his presence.

This year I have undertake various spiritual and hopefully healing journeys. I believe that Leon is guiding my choices and is in some way participating in these experiences.

Namaste dear departed friend, and all.


This article appeared in a Pace University magazine shortly after Dad started teaching there.

Click on the image above to read the article.


It’s now been a few months since Dad died, but there isn’t an hour that my thoughts don’t turn to him, and then quickly turn away. I don’t know how to deal with a death so close.

Every once in a while a picture pops up and I spend a moment thinking about my father and what it means that he’s gone. I come up empty. I have nothing.

But this blog gives me a place to make something of his life, at least in the form of words and pictures.

This picture must have been taken in the early 60s. It’s a gathering of my mother’s family. In the top row: Lucy Kiesler, Leon Winer, Eve Winer, Ken Kiesler. Seated: Rudy Kiesler, Peter Winer, Dave Winer.

Dad wearing a Frontier t-shirt somewhere in the tropics:


This is cross-posted from Scripting News, written by Dave.

There’s a meme going around about fathers and the coolest things they did when you were growing up.

Since Father’s Day on October 3, I guess I’ve been reflecting on this stuff more than usual, and I have a story prepared. But first, my father actually had an opinion about this, he told a story that embarassed me about how he taught me to kiss. But I’m sure I thought it was cool when I was a toddler. Kids go for that kind of stuff. But the word we’re looking for is “cool” and from my point of view, as an adult, here’s the coolest thing my dad did.

Probably 1970 or 71. I was more than a bit of a rebellious teenager. So one day I got suspended from high school for bringing a bottle of wine to school. I was drinking with some friends in the yard before home room when the Dean of Discipline, Joseph Cotter, comes walking out, takes the bottle, escorts me to his office and calls my father to come get me. My dad drives to the Bronx from Queens, and I thought for sure I’m really going to catch it now, cause not only was I drinking wine in school, but it was his wine. I had stolen it from him. Oy.

Well, my dad comes in, and instead of giving me shit, he tells off Cotter. He says why don’t you leave the kids alone. My chin dropped to the floor. I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. I thought I had moved to a different planet. The Dean thought so too, he was speechless. (He and I were enemies, I was, as you might imagine, and a major troublemaker. He thought he had me, but heh he no he didn’t.)

So that has to be the coolest thing. On the drive home we talked about baseball and the weather, and he never punished me for taking the wine.

Update: Cotter died in Y2K.


Leon’s jacket

31Oct09

Mom posted this on her blog.

“Many years ago Leon acquired an outer LLBean jacket the he liked very much. So much that he wore it every chance he could. In the neighborhood, in the city, on vacations and even skiing even though he had a proper ski outfit. After a while I was finding it excessive and asked replace it.

“He tried to accomodate me and first asked LLBean if they had another one exactly the same. Well it was no longer in stock but they had a similar model. Leon tried it. Was not satisfied. He went to different vendors and sent all the versions back. He continued to wear his original jacket. It was machine washable so looked relatively presentable.

“Then I had a stroke of luck. The zipper broke. Now he would have to replace it. Well not exactly. He complained to LLBean and they replaced the zipper. So I gave up and he wore it to his dying days.”

leonwinerjacket72


Taken on 6/21/06.

 

Leon with a huge cup of coffee and pie, after a long day of hiking with Eve in the Swiss Alps.

Leon with a huge cup of coffee and pie, after a long day of hiking with Eve in the Swiss Alps.


1982 Japan

16Oct09
1980 Africa: Doing laundry in a river
1980 Africa: Doing laundry in a river
Downtown Manhattan
Downtown Manhattan
Downtown Manhattan
Downtown Manhattan
Visit to the Cloisters
Visit to the Cloisters
Visit to the Cloisters
Visit to the Cloisters
Visit to the Cloisters
Visit to the Cloisters
Visit to the Cloisters
Visit to the Cloisters
Visit to the Cloisters
Visit to the Cloisters
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
Boatride around Manhattan
My first fisheye lens
My first fisheye lens
My first fisheye lens
My first fisheye lens
My first fisheye lens
My first fisheye lens
My first fisheye lens
My first fisheye lens
My first fisheye lens
My first fisheye lens
Eve in 1981
Eve in 1981
Apples (new, improved fisheye)
Apples (new, improved fisheye)
Hiking
Hiking
WTC
WTC
WTC
WTC
Eve in Great Neck
Eve in Great Neck
Planting Fields
Planting Fields
Michael Rockefeller Wing at MMA
Michael Rockefeller Wing at MMA
Michael Rockefeller Wing at MMA
Michael Rockefeller Wing at MMA
Michael Rockefeller Wing at MMA
Michael Rockefeller Wing at MMA
Michael Rockefeller Wing at MMA
Michael Rockefeller Wing at MMA
Michael Rockefeller Wing at MMA
Michael Rockefeller Wing at MMA
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
National Gallery in Washington, DC
Long Island Museum
Long Island Museum
Long Island Museum
Long Island Museum
Visiting Peter in Columbus, OH
Visiting Peter in Columbus, OH
Visiting Peter in Columbus, OH
Visiting Peter in Columbus, OH
Visiting Peter in Columbus, OH
Visiting Peter in Columbus, OH
Visiting Peter in Columbus, OH
Visiting Peter in Columbus, OH
Tokyo: Imperial Palace
Tokyo: Imperial Palace
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Asakusa Kannon Temple in Tokyo
Chinzan-so Garden 3 Story Pagoda
Chinzan-so Garden 3 Story Pagoda
Meiji shrine
Meiji shrine
Wedding party
Wedding party
On the Ginza
On the Ginza
New Otani Hotel
New Otani Hotel
On the way to Nikko
On the way to Nikko
On the way to Nikko
On the way to Nikko
Avenue of lanterns
Avenue of lanterns
Shinto arch
Shinto arch
5-story pagoda
5-story pagoda
Temple guardian
Temple guardian
Temple guardian
Temple guardian
Elephants
Elephants
School girls
School girls
School boys
School boys
Monkeys
Monkeys
Archer
Archer
Japanese tourists
Japanese tourists
Japanese bundles
Japanese bundles
Sacred bridge
Sacred bridge
Rock garden
Rock garden
Chusan-ji temple
Chusan-ji temple
From the train on return to Tokyo
From the train on return to Tokyo
From the train on return to Tokyo
From the train on return to Tokyo
Views of Tokyo from our hotel
Views of Tokyo from our hotel
Views of Tokyo from our hotel
Views of Tokyo from our hotel
Views of Tokyo from our hotel
Views of Tokyo from our hotel
Views of Tokyo from our hotel
Views of Tokyo from our hotel
Bus ride to Kamakura
Bus ride to Kamakura
Bus ride to Kamakura
Bus ride to Kamakura
Daibutsu (Great Buddha) bronze
Daibutsu (Great Buddha) bronze
cast in 1252  A.D. 93 tons 44 ft. high
cast in 1252 A.D. 93 tons 44 ft. high
Lake Hakone
Lake Hakone
Lake Hakone
Lake Hakone
At Kowaki-en Hotel, Lake Hakone
At Kowaki-en Hotel, Lake Hakone
At Kowaki-en Hotel, Lake Hakone
At Kowaki-en Hotel, Lake Hakone
Pictures from the Bullet Train
Pictures from the Bullet Train
     to Kyoto
to Kyoto
Cloisonné in Kyoto
Cloisonné in Kyoto
Cloisonné in Kyoto
Cloisonné in Kyoto
Walk back to the hotel
Walk back to the hotel
Kyoto street
Kyoto street
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion
Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion
Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine
Heian Garden
Heian Garden
American Japanese fam. - our group
American Japanese fam. – our group
Biggest Buddha - 450 tons
Biggest Buddha – 450 tons
Thumb 5 feet long
Thumb 5 feet long
Other big statues
Other big statues
Other big statues
Other big statues
Other big statues
Other big statues
Stone lanterns
Stone lanterns
Kyoto at night
Kyoto at night
Garden at Imperial Palace
Garden at Imperial Palace
Nursery school
Nursery school
Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle
Cheer leaders
Cheer leaders
Woman praying in temple
Woman praying in temple
Ryozen Kannon (created Japan)
Ryozen Kannon (created Japan)
New friends
New friends
New friends
New friends
Demonstration of tea ceremony
Demonstration of tea ceremony
Kyoto at night
Kyoto at night
Kyoto in the morning
Kyoto in the morning
Kyoto in the morning
Kyoto in the morning
Kyoto in the morning
Kyoto in the morning
Bus ride to Beppu
Bus ride to Beppu
Hotel room in Beppu
Hotel room in Beppu
Hotel room in Beppu
Hotel room in Beppu
Hotel room in Beppu
Hotel room in Beppu
From the hotel room
From the hotel room
From the hotel room
From the hotel room
Japanese group
Japanese group

“Hells” of Beppu (steaming pools
       or fumaroles)
or fumaroles)
More fumaroles
More fumaroles
More fumaroles
More fumaroles
More fumaroles
More fumaroles
Beppu zoo
Beppu zoo
Beppu zoo
Beppu zoo
Beppu zoo
Beppu zoo
Beppu hot springs
Beppu hot springs
Beppu hot springs
Beppu hot springs
More pictures in Beppu
More pictures in Beppu
More pictures in Beppu
More pictures in Beppu
More pictures in Beppu
More pictures in Beppu
Walk around countryside of Beppu
Walk around countryside of Beppu
Walk around countryside of Beppu
Walk around countryside of Beppu
Walk around countryside of Beppu
Walk around countryside of Beppu
Walk around countryside of Beppu
Walk around countryside of Beppu
Walk around countryside of Beppu
Walk around countryside of Beppu
Bus ride across Kyushu island
Bus ride across Kyushu island
Bus ride across Kyushu island
Bus ride across Kyushu island
Suizen-ji Park in Kumamoto
Suizen-ji Park in Kumamoto
Suizen-ji Park in Kumamoto
Suizen-ji Park in Kumamoto
Suizen-ji Park in Kumamoto
Suizen-ji Park in Kumamoto
Kumamoto Castle
Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Exhibits in Kumamoto Castle
Drive to Amakusa
Drive to Amakusa
Terrace farming - rice
Terrace farming – rice
Waiting for the ferry to Unzen
Waiting for the ferry to Unzen
On the ferry
On the ferry
Fumarole in Unzen
Fumarole in Unzen
Views of Nagasaki from hotel roof
Views of Nagasaki from hotel roof
Views of Nagasaki from hotel roof
Views of Nagasaki from hotel roof
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Mei-ji Village -
Mei-ji Village –
     formerly
formerly
     all-foreigner settlement
all-foreigner settlement
Old Mitsubishi dock house
Old Mitsubishi dock house
View fr. Old Mitsubishi House
View fr. Old Mitsubishi House
Monument to Christian martyrs
Monument to Christian martyrs
Madame Butterfly statue
Madame Butterfly statue
Two young women
Two young women
At Peace Park in Nagasaki
At Peace Park in Nagasaki
At Peace Park in Nagasaki
At Peace Park in Nagasaki
At Peace Park in Nagasaki
At Peace Park in Nagasaki
At Peace Park in Nagasaki
At Peace Park in Nagasaki
Vending machine - no ID required
Vending machine – no ID required
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Walk about Nagasaki
Nagasaki fish market - no odor!
Nagasaki fish market – no odor!
Nagasaki fish market - no odor!
Nagasaki fish market – no odor!
Nagasaki fish market - no odor!
Nagasaki fish market – no odor!
Nagasaki fish market - no odor!
Nagasaki fish market – no odor!
Nagasaki fish market - no odor!
Nagasaki fish market – no odor!
Nagasaki fish market - no odor!
Nagasaki fish market – no odor!
Nagasaki fish market - no odor!
Nagasaki fish market – no odor!
Nagasaki fish market - no odor!
Nagasaki fish market – no odor!
Nagasaki fish market - no odor!
Nagasaki fish market – no odor!
Osaka - the new Nikon F3
Osaka – the new Nikon F3
Osaka - the new Nikon F3
Osaka – the new Nikon F3
Osaka - the new Nikon F3
Osaka – the new Nikon F3
Osaka - the new Nikon F3
Osaka – the new Nikon F3
Osaka - the new Nikon F3
Osaka – the new Nikon F3
Osaka - the new Nikon F3
Osaka – the new Nikon F3
Flight to Tokyo
Flight to Tokyo
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens
Berkshire Gardens
Berkshire Gardens
Berkshire Gardens
Berkshire Gardens
Berkshire Gardens
Berkshire Gardens
Berkshire Gardens
Berkshire Gardens
At Sootins in Pittsfield
At Sootins in Pittsfield
Near Sootins
Near Sootins
Pittsfield graveyard
Pittsfield graveyard
At the  Clark Museum - Williamstown
At the Clark Museum – Williamstown
At the  Clark Museum - Williamstown
At the Clark Museum – Williamstown
From top of Killington
From top of Killington
From top of Killington
From top of Killington
Picture named Jap.JPG.
Picture named Jap.JPG.


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