MacTeX Technical Working Group:
Our thanks to Duane Bibby, the artist and illustrator, who produced another beautiful drawing for this occasion. It captured the essence of Gerben's life as a Mac OS X developer. The drawing was conceived through the collaborative effors of Karl Berry, Hans Hagen, Dick Koch, and Wendy McKay with valuable input from Gerben's wife, Renee van Roode. Our thanks also to Kaveh Bazargan for making the recordings, and to Jennifer Claudio for the photos.
Gerben lives with his wife Renee and their daughter Renske (2000) and son Mark Douwe (2003) in The Netherlands. Both parents have full time careers (Gerben currently is IT Lead Architect for the Judiciary of The Netherlands), hence the situation depicted in the cartoon is accurate, though some parts (like support provided by people like Bruno Voisin and like changing diapers and additionally completing a well ranked MBA in 2003 and 2004 and especially all the work Renee did to make his support possible) did not make it into the picture.
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 10:42:29 +0200 (CEST) From: Gerben Wierda
To: Wendy McKay Subject: Re: Gerben Award at TUG 2007, SDSU I had pain from laughing. I also feel extremely honoured to be the subject of a Bibby cartoon. Thanks a lot for making this happen, really I have been blown out of my socks by this gesture. Thank Dick, Hans, and Karl for me as well.