Reference letters

Here's one reference letter I've received.

13 January, 2005

Steve Ransom worked for me as an office manager, code ranger, editor, innovator and trouble-shooter over a seven-year period. He was in every instance an innovative and original thinker. He is my favorite employee of all time. Steve Ransom: equal parts wit and passion, cynicism and drive, curiosity and contentment. In business we often have to choose between efficiency and effectiveness, but that's only because there are more businesses than there are Steve Ransoms. Way more. I could go on, of course, but for what purpose?

You've probably budgeted three minutes to read and consider this recommendation of Steve Ransom, but I¹ve taken only one minute of your time. I ask that you spend the next minute thinking about how rare originality is in all things, and how someone of Steve's caliber could make your life better. Then spend the remaining minute doing whatever makes you happy. Nobody will be the wiser and everybody wins.

To fill the rest of the page (and to earn you those extra two minutes), I have included the inspirational words of Abraham Lincoln, backwards. Ignore them. Dream. Smile. Hire Steve.

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Don Kahle

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