Yes, I was one of those people who waited in line around midnight last night to pick up a copy of the latest work of J. K.Rowling. My local bookseller reported that they'd sold 700 books that evening; I was surprised by the size of the crowd (several hundred), their age (there were a lot of high school kids; I suppose they all grew up with Harry), and gender (more girls than boys). Needless to say, I was a statistic abberation.
Speaking of Harry, this evening I was working to put a dent in my pile of architecture papers, and came across an original copy of the workshop proceedings of the very first "Complete Handbook of Object-Oriented Software Architecture and Designs." This workshop, "convened at the behest of King Bruce [Anderson] before its time," as the paper states, was my inspiration for the Handbook. Described as "a manual of guidelines, structures, pineciples, spells, and incantations to help both novice and experienced practitioners to improve their practice," the OOPSLA workshop members reads like a who's who of software: Bruce Anderson, Peter Bahrs, Kent Beck, Ward Cunningman, Desmond D'Souza, Erich Gamma, John Gilbert, Sanjiv Gossain, Martin Griss, Eiichi Hanyuda, Kim Harris, Bill Harrison, Richard Helm, Ian Holland, Ralph Johnson, Norm Kerth, Adrienne Kleiboemer, Dough Lea, Elgin Lee, Dan Lesage, Cathy Linn, Makoto Minagaw, Xavier Pintado, Wolfgang Pree, Larry Rosenstein, Bill Ruh, Nacho Silva-Lepe, John Vlissides, and Bob Whilelm.
Thank you, all of you, for all that you've done for our industry.