by Michael J. Downes
On Tuesday afternoon, August 17, 1999, there was a pause in the afternoon program of regular presentations to extend special recognition to Donald Arseneau. The recognition took the form of a framed Duane Bibby original drawing that had been commissioned by the TEX Users Group. The drawing was presented by Michael Downes with some brief remarks, reproduced here in an extremely free paraphrase.
Over the years many people have made substantial contributions to the community of TEX users without receiving any financial compensation in return. Donald Knuth himself, of course, to kick it all off by giving TEX into the public domain, but TEX users around the world have also benefited greatly from the efforts of people such as Tomas Rokicki (dvips), Eberhard Mattes (emTEX), Thomas Esser (teTEX), the members of the LaTEX team, and many others too numerous to name. The occasion of holding a TUG meeting here at UBC, however, seemed a propitious opportunity for extending some small recognition to someone who lives right here in Vancouver who has helped many TEX users over the years. He has not had any advance warning that we were planning to do this, but we would like to present something to Donald Arseneau.
Donald's contributions to the TEX community fall into two categories: