Hoping you have a successful and wonderful retirement.


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From: MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Roger
Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2021 11:54 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: A new chapter begins....

Well, after 37 years on the midrange platform, tomorrow will be my last day.
Retirement awaits me.

It's been a good run and I have so many to thank for their help along the

Some of the old-timers may know of Howard Andrews. He used to be very
involved in COMMON.
Howard gave me my first job in IT as a Jr. programmer. He taught an RPG
class at the local Community College.
I enrolled in it as a lark - needed something in my schedule. Eventually he
hired 6 of us from one of his classes. Started on a S/38 Model 4 or 6 as I
recall running Release 6.

Bruce Fong was my first boss and, even though we were an RPG shop, taught me
to program in C - which I had never seen before.
He also taught me how to do comms between PC's, Cash Registers, S/38. All
using 3780 BiSync. Learned about 5294's as well.
BTW... My PC workstation had two floppy drives. Had to swap out diskettes
to run the C linker. Wow!

And, of course, everyone on this list, whether you know it or not, has
helped me in some fashion. I can't thank you enough.
David... Thank you so much for providing this wonderful forum. It's been a
godsend to my career.

I'll still be hanging out and, hopefully, able to offer an occasional

Thank you one and all - I consider you to be the friends that I've never

Roger Harman

COMMON Certified Application Developer - ILE RPG on IBM i on Power

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