Thursday, December 06, 2007

Remembering Maryse

Today is the 18th anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre. I was working at Poly in '89, running the first annual fundraising campaign on a 286 laptop that required compressing the 10,000-record database every time I had to run a mail merge in WordPerfect.
We had some students working on the campaign as well, keeping an eye on the print runs in case the laser printer choked or caught fire on the fancy letterhead provided by high-profile alumni. One of those students was among the victims. Her name was Maryse. Today she would be in her early forties, married or divorced with a couple of pre-teens, or maybe too busy to have ever found the time to fall in love. Right now she would be trying to get everything done in time for Christmas. But she would be alive.