Hall of Fame (was Technical Writer Classifications)

Subject: Hall of Fame (was Technical Writer Classifications)
From: LaVonna Funkhouser <lffunkhouser -at- HALNET -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 1995 13:37:53 -0500

Garret R wrote in part:

>Good point, Guy. I've also been wrestling with the technical writing craft
>as an immature
>profession. One of the ramifications is that we lack what I call a "Tech
>Writers Hall of Fame" as a reference point. Not that there aren't great tech
>writers out there -- far from it. But they tend to toil in anonymity. Only
>by association with STC for many years would you be in a position to even

So true! Saul Carliner (the president-elect of STC) once asked (I think
it was on techwr-l) if we could name the 10 best tech writers of all time.
That really got me thinking--It would be impossible (for me)!

Sure, I can name some writers with great credentials that I've met
through STC, but I've never seen the manuals they have written. Unless
you write a book that I read, your portfolio is likely to be anonymous.

Hmm...I guess this is another reason to view the publications competition
winners at the conference!


LaVonna F. Funkhouser technical writer for COREComm
lffunkhouser -at- halnet -dot- com 1994-1995 OK Chapter President,
Society for Technical Communication

<=*=> Ethernet (n): Something used to catch the Etherbunny. <=*=>

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