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Attention Must Be Paid

As I think about the passing of a dear friend, David Hall, somehow I keep hearing these words ringing through my mind.  For the literary minded, the quote is of course, the final words of Arthur Miller’s famous play, “Death of a Salesman” where the protagonist Willy Loman’s wife, Linda, is mourning the death of her husband.

“Attention must be paid.”

Why these words as I think about David?  I’ve struggled with that.  David was certainly no Willy Loman.  Certainly not a salesman. But he could have been, I suppose.  David had qualities that any salesman would love to have.  He had that affability, that charm — a warmth.  When you met him, he was impossible to dislike.  And easy to like.

I remember the first time we met at his cubicle in the IT department at Inco — back in the days when it was a Canadian company.  Continue reading


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