This time was it was not me! At TechEd Dallas I am now infamous for the cardboard cutouts prank. Well the German Regional Directors and Juval Lowy (see him on MSDN TV here) all decided to have some fun. All I can say is look at it!
Also Ralf posted to his blog the in-action shots of the deed. From Juval (Ralfs site is in German):
From: Juval Lowy Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 11:54 AMTo: 'Stephen Forte'Subject: FW: cut out
Check out the link:
and look for Es Und es gibt erstaunliche
. allerdings noch unklar
Here is my translation:
And here you can see amazing scenes between the German RDs. But the picture is misleading. Its not about fraternizing after a drinking night, but a shirt exchange, in order to stand out more sharply against the background. The scene took place when we positioned Regional Directors for photographs before a black background and Clemens Vasters did not contrast with his black t-shirt against the black wall. To make a long story short, he exchanged his shirt with Christian Weyer. The resulting figures [the cutouts JL] were produced as part of the "RD" program counterweight to the proclaimed "software Legends" by Microsoft like Don box etc..
Whether Microsoft will deploy these figures at schools and universities for collectors, is however still unclear.
-----Original Message-----From: Ralf Westphal
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 7:09 AMTo: juval lowySubject: cut out
you can´t defy celebrity status in germany any longer: after my post to my
weblog (http://weblogs.asp.net/ralfw/ ) developers will demand more of you
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