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David Tebbutt

Hi Guy. I remember the first time we met. It involved a circuitous walk round Soho, taking in a games arcade. We probably ended up in Hari Krishna or similar. [Later: Bong! It was Cranks in Marshall Street.] It was my first introduction to a real journalist. I nearly fled.

The next time was at a computer show where I'd arranged to interview Adam Osborne. To my shame, I totally lost my nerve and asked you to do it. (I think that was June 28 1979 - my first day on PCW.)

Then you told me that my hairstyle was inappropriate for an editor. So I changed it. And there it stays. What's left of it.

Tons of other silly little memories, but I'll let others have a go now.

Tim Anderson

Guy, once I asked you what you thought of peer review for writers.

As I recall you replied, "Who is a peer?"

Tim :-)

Stephen England

In among all the bullshit of the late 70's and early 80's figuring out the PC publishing game...
There were two guys who taught me the REAL value of editorial integrity and knocked the "whore" out of me (the ad sales guy!) - Kewney and Tebbo.
Not sure if you needed a beard or unruly hair to gain my respect but it didn't hurt!

Martin Banks

I still remember the many hours of fun we had (well I enjoyed it, anyway) when I was on CW and you were on Computing. Were both covering the microcomputer and semiconductor scene and so we'd always go to the same press events.

PRs, bless them, seemed to assume that if we ever got with arms-reach of each a fight would ensue, so they'd do everything in their power to keep us apart.

Till one day (a TI event, I think) there was a press conference, followed glasses of grog and buffet lunch. PR flacks studiously kept us at other ends of the room, till we went to get food. We approached the same small table - just 2 seats - and sat down together. I have this memory (after all these years maybe its just wishful thinking, but its there nonetheless) of you an I looking up to each other at the time, then turning to look at the flacks and their starled faces as they waited for the fight to start, and then we just giggled.

Gkewney

And of course, the one journalist you and I both looked up to in those days, was Tim Palmer. Well, I suppose Hedley and Max Relic, too...! But Tim was the fountainhead for me

Martin Banks

I do remember annoying you at a Personal Computer World Show when I created a name badge that said `NOT GUY KEWNEY'. Apart from having beards we don't look a bit alike, but lots of people thought Me was thee that day.

Tari Lang (used to be Hibbitt)

Well I doubt if you'll remember me Guy, even though we did spend a couple of days together in San Mateo as guests of Trip Hawkins a million years ago. Ah those early Electronic Arts days!

When I got offered a job to be Director of IBM's first ever outside consultants in the 80s I asked you if you thought I should take the job. You told me that as IBM spent all its time saying no comment it would be a cushy number and that I should take the money and run. How things have changed!

You nag me mercilessly about my smoking (finally stopped five years ago and never tempted to go back!) and complain about my juniors making spelling mistakes and typos in their press releases. Actually, you were a grumpy old goat even in those younger days so goodness knows why we all love you so much.

You were more of a mentor to me, in all matters tech and complicated than you know and I am always grateful for that, though I've slipped right back to ignorant bliss these days.

What a bummer about your cancer and your chemo. I'm sorry we lost touch over the years.
Tari xx

Martin Banks

Ahh, yes Guy, Tim Palmer. The journalist IBM UK used to phone to find out what was happening at IBM Corporate. That was back in the days when the mushroom method was the high-point of management thinking.

Jennifer Perry

I remember I first met Guy at the PCW show in 1988. I was still working for Amstrad in the states but about to get married and move over here.

Roland introduced me to Guy on the Dell stand. We got in to a heated debate over OS2.

Roland later informed me I was arguing with the number one journalist in the UK - and he became my first real UK friend.

Ron Condon

I have to confess my early memories are clouded by the vast amounts of alcohol we seemed to put away. But I can remember seeing you on the dancefloor of a Soho disco, doing some kind of low-down limbo dance surrounded by eager PR bimbos. I was so envious of your magnetic powers! Then I think I fell over.

Martin Banks

And there was also, of course Peter Fletcher, another who'd forgotten more than most in the industry (let alone the rest of hackdom) had ever known

Carol Atack

It all seems like a long time ago now - but I remember Guy's kindness and friendliness when I was a new and inexperienced reporter, and that he always took me seriously and helped others to do so too.

I also remember him inducting me into the mysteries of CIX, or social networking as we'd call it now, at the end of a long day of VNU. There was champagne involved, and I learned how to use a challenging interface, how to do email, and all sorts of stuff it would be impossible to live without today.

Guy's taxonomy of those in the computer industry into stick insects and otherwise... and many other wry observations always full of insight.

Tebbo, I also have reasons to thank you for your kindness over the years too...

Louis Dobson (acam)

Mine is very prosaic - I just used to enjoy the articles he wrote from the tail end of the 80s. But those articles enthused me into an entire career in the field - a whole professional life in fact, now drawing to a gentle close as I prefer to take photos and ride bikes. So, in a sense, I owe him everything I have. Thanks Guy. We'll miss you.

Jennifer Perry

Guy, became a mentor to me when I moved to the UK.

I hated working a Commodore. You just wouldn't believe what was happening inside that company - really unbelievable!

The company was about to have a company retreat. Having been on one I knew it was a drunken fest with a horrid, obnoxious boss.

I panicked got on the phone to Guy - he said meet me in London. A few drinks later we had a plan - I resigned the next day.

Nicky Jenkins

Guy - When I first started working in PR, my account manager gave me an extra fiver because I managed to get you to a press event - I think it was her coup of the month! It taught me a lesson then that I've passed on and used many times since when getting execs to do ringrounds...never let them know how senior a journalist they may be speaking to. Sorry to hear you're not well. Thinking of you, Nicky Jenkins nee Rudd

Manek Dubash

I remember Guy from quite a number of press events and trips. At first I saw you as the chap with who always had a question I didn't understand, or whose significance didn't understand, until quite a lot later. That's later that day as a result of the application of alcohol, or later as in older.

I have also to confess that the process of extracting, as lime juice from granite, copy for PCW's Newsprint column still looms large in my memory. It always arrived, but it was always late. And it was always late because that left me no time to edit it. That's what YOU thought... :)

But it was always good...

Dennis Howlett

As one who is old enough to be a time warped hippy but came to hackdom late (cough 1991), Guy is one of those dudes you always heard about. A titan among a generation of giants.

Guaranteed to ask the pithy question that would have the rest of us tittering while the poor VP or what not was mostly left red faced. Sport of the highest calibre and not to be missed.

Do they breed that sort anymore? From what I see in the fawning digital detritus that masquerades as analysis these days, it would appear those days are behind us.

The good news is we have those delicious memories.

Peter Rennison

Hi Guy - seems an age ago when we first met on an Acorn stand! Those were the days and hope you saw the recent Micro Men TV programme. More recently I remember having a discussion at Infosec as to whether image analysis S/W could differentiate between a pig on a bed and a porn star!

Kelvyntaylor.blogspot.com

Is the Kewney Chaos Field still working or has its power dwindled these days? In its heyday, it could kill a desktop PC from over 100 metres :-)

Caraline Brown

So many familiar names on here evoking so many memories.....

When i first started in PR at Infopress in '87, Guy was quite simply the god you wanted to get to your press conferences (and Tebbo and Banksy too!).

Yes we really DID gather in rooms to listen to boring CEOS blather on about their stuff - using ppt of course!

and you always had time for us newbies as well

thanks Guy!

x

Manek Dubash

Ah yes, the Chaos Field. In the PC Mag days, when I where I spent a further nine years extracting copy from said individual, the Field was the stuff of legend.

No-one else ever had as catastrophic effect on hardware and software as dear Guy.

A machine could have been working perfectly for - oh - days or even longer but, once within 100 feet (let's be generous) it would in some way cease to function - either properly or at all.

I want the secret...

Dennis Howlett

Wondering whether Guy will let us into the secret of his destructive powers. Or did those sandals have another, more sinister purpose?

But then I think secrets like that should be kept. It keeps maintenance bods busy.

David Tebbutt

And let's not forget the socks. The cloven-toed ones. Aarghhh!

Roland Perry

It was Guy who launched me into the Personal Computer business - a short piece in his Computing column about a shop in Reading selling microcomputers that was looking for a manager.

Richard Clayton

I'd been reading Guy's columns for years -- turning to them first when a new copy of PCW hit the doormat; but I first actually met him on Boxing Day 1983. Alan Sugar had hired Guy to write a private review of the CPC464, still months away from launch, and I went round to his house to deliver his machine; specially set up with the very latest firmware ROM. After we'd chatted I got fed lunch ... about which the whole family was extremely excited. Xmas had brought them that most modern of gadgets, a microwave, and they were heating up a meal with it for the very first time! It was a privilege to be part of such a moment.

Guy was really nice about the 464 both privately and later in published reviews, but even nicer about the PCW when we developed it a couple of years later. At last, he wrote, when people come up to me a parties and ask me to recommend a machine I will be able to say in just a few seconds, "buy one of these", and then I can enjoy the rest of the evening without talking shop. It's that sort of quirky (and immodestly I'll say insightful) sort of approach to explaining what he thinks about products that has always made him such a joy to read.

Gkewney

So much to remember; but picking out some:

Tari, that Trip Hwkins trip stands out in my memory for several reasons, but particularly because of that Canadian journo who went with us. He took on That Bet about the airline cheese crackers, if you remember?

Name is lost in chemo brain, but he was a foodie. The bet was "I can eat all three crackers without a drink in a minute." He did. He just stuffed them in, and swallowed!

The other memory was your colleague. She was living in Brentford, and working in Slough, and commuting by car each day. Ow...

Gkewney

Brentwood, I mean...

Manek Dubash

You're right of course about Guy's columns. The pain of actually delivering them aside, I too was a PCW reader, and Newsprint was the first place to go...

John Lamb

You were hired to write the UK's first microcomputer page - on Computing - which I sometimes subbed. Your technique was to spend an afternoon on the phone to Clive Sinclair, Chris Curry etc. You seemed to be able to get through to them straight away, but there was an agonising wait for the copy. When it finally arrived it was always infuriatingly well-informed, surprising and entertaining.

One day I told you I was going home and you could sub and write headlines for your page. After I saw the results next morning I never made that mistake again.

Those micro pioneers owe you a debt of gratitude for understanding what they were about, telling the rest of us and incidentally helping to shape the development of their industry.

Gkewney

The KDF I hope you realise is a myth.

Behind the myth, there is genetics: I inherited a knack from my father. He was a clerk in the Civil Service in the 40s and 50s, when clerks added numbers - pounds, shillings and pence - as fast as they could; running three fingers down the page and writing the answer at the bottom. After a while, they could just look at the page, and write in the totals.

I found, weirdly, a similar ability to integrate and synthesise. I'd spend a minute with a machine, and (somehow) focus automatically on one feature. It would be the one that broke it.

I only wish I could have reliably found that Achilles heel, but most eluded me!

Debbie Clarke

Guy, I remember you as 'Guy' on cix. You didn't have a surname in your id because you didn't need one - everyone knew you. I think I came across you in /writers at first, and then elsewhere. You were always a calm, kind, intelligent, knowledgeable, warm presence, like a lovely uncle. Everyone respected you and liked you, then and now - at least, I never saw anyone that didn't. I think I only met you once in the flesh, at your birthday one year when I came with Robert S, but sometimes with you folk that I knew online it's hard to remember if and how often I'd met you, because that wasn't really the point. I joined cix about 17 years ago, and only left a year ago. All those years I remember you on there, and since then, on Facebook. So, I'm thinking of you, Guy, at this difficult time, and wishing you the easiest time possible under the circumstances. I must just say... the Guy Goma incident made me laugh so hard. Warmest thoughts... XX

Matthew Pudney

As the PCW Show opening loomed closer, the cry would go out from the Press Office team, ...'Oh god not Kewney again'. It was with such joy I used to read, your wonderful and fearless whacking of just about every PCW Show as being absolutely the last.
Those press offices were made such fun by a wonderful cast of characters not least you, Banks, Tebbo, Magee, Cohen et al. You would explain quite politely to me - during the better part of a decade ( or was it longer?)- why each show was an almost complete waste of time, full of boring crap. Ah..glorious days.

Oh yeah, before I forget, your help to Branko in not so glorious days of Balkan madness is not forgotten.
My compliments and very best wishes to you.

Jon Silver

I first became aware of Guy as a teenage reader of PCW, and he was a genuine hero to me. When I saw him in the flesh at a show I was thrilled and most terribly shy, so much so that I didn't dare go & say hello for fear of sycophancy, or worse stuttering silence. Then one day I blagged my way into PCW as a freelance contributor at the very beginning of my writing career and eventually got to meet the man - who was still, and who remains, admired and revered.

Jon Silver

But actually one of my favourite moments with Guy wasn't actually with Guy at all... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdyYe7sDlhA

David Tebbutt

Oh ho ho. That reminds me. We were in Zaragoza when the Goma story hit the Spanish headlines. I'd given the back story to some Greek folk and we were having a good old cackle and who should walk in, but Guy Kewney. Much straightening of faces and hiding of newspaper.

Gkewney

Reminiscing about my time on New Scientist. John Stansell was responsible for that. I felt very guilty, because that was Hedley's gig. I actually asked his permission before taking over

Stansell now runs Churchwood Valley Devon. Wonderful place!

Steve Craddock

My comments are also a tad prosaic, but I've always enjoyed reading Guy's articles since the Amstrad days. His work always has a knowledgeable, quietly authoritative air about it and avoids the hyperbole that seems der rigeur these days.

And, who can forget the Guy Goma debacle of a couple of years ago, when we were robbed of Guy's TV appearance!

David & all at EML

Had contact with Guy practically since I joined EML 10 years ago. Guy is one of the few journalsits who has taken the time to understand the complexities of our more technical clients, and reliably questions what people told him. At the same time, he has been very respectful to us, a PR agency simply trying to do a job for our clients. I hope we have been of some assistance to you Guy - now it's our turn to show you our respect

Jerry Jones

Nothing to do with computers, other than them being the way we nattered then and still do now. I first "met" Guy on Cix in the early 90s and was in awe of the Graet Guru. But then we discovered a shared love of sailing, although he is a dinghyist and far better at making a boat go well than I will ever hope to be. We must actually get that weekend on Sea Spear before you finally set sail on the last voyage.

Steve Palmer

The first, and only time, I met Guy in the flesh was at the launch for Ameol2 at some place in London that Jennifer Perry picked. It was also the only time in my entire employment at CIX that I ever wore a shirt and tie, and you were kind enough to make some small adjustment to my shirt which I'd hitherto overlooked...

Otherwise I remember we spoke occasionally on CIX and you often had a lot of wise and constructive feedback about both Ameol and CIX which I hope I had the presence of mind to take on board!

William Poel

This lot reads like a rogues gallery from The Golden age of IT hackery. Correction! It IS a rogues' gallery from the Golden Age.

Guy has chronicled and forgotten more about the bonkers world of our once great hands-on IT industry, than any of the ruffians presently tweeting frantically about IT could ever hope to learn, given that the great cycle of personal computing is now just about over, and we are back to the age of remote computing using terminals on distant hardware.

The perfect image to sum up those great days is the one of Guy pedalling around the Database studio in a C5, and wearing a tutu. What a shame YouTube was not around in those times...

William Poel

Ahem. No edit features?

For "bonkers", please read "bonkers world". Although, of course, your mileage may vary?

David Tebbutt

Sorry about lack of edit, William. Anyone who wants something changed, drop me a note. All my links are on http://www.tebbo.com

Changing yours now...

Mary Branscombe

I can't remember when I first met Guy, online or off, but I first head of him through my then partner, Clive Grace, who dragged me into tech journalism when I didn't know what else to do. we were typing in a code listing that made a classification tree; you chose all the answers finishing with 'what eats acorns' and Kewney came out as the answer...

Dennis Jarrett

I seem to have met a lot of journalists for the first time in toilets, usually for some reason at the Savoy (and always during press conferences, I should add). Guy was my first such experience, two then-young hacks trying to make a name for ourselves with cutting-edge insight and corruscating wit. I had the vehicle -- Computer Digest, I think, while he was lumbered with something like Dataweek -- but he had the insight and the wit while I just had a full bladder. Which are among the reasons why he deservedly got the kudos for his writing and I ended up writing about mobile phone dealers.

Mind you I did get him out first ball once in an ill-advised cricket match somewhere. Probably the last time I got one over on him ...

Manek Dubash

Although I only met you during the late PCW era, it seemed to me, Guy, you were happiest at PC Magazine. That seat opposite you and dear Peter Jackson afforded me a bird's eye view of a master at work. I still think of those as my happiest working years - so thank you for helping to make them so.

Charles McLellan

I was aware, like everyone else with an interest in computers, of Guy's work on PCW in the 80s, but I first met him in the early 90s after Paul Somerson (US Ziff-Davis honcho brought in to get PC Mag UK off the ground) announced his intention of hiring 'the best columnist in the UK, whatever the cost'. Those were the days eh?

As a Production Editor then, I too was often on the wrong end of late, over-long copy -- but we always forgave you Guy because it was your uniquely well-informed voice (we once 'created' a column for A N Other writer who failed to deliver, but could never have impersonated you!).

Chaos Field: witnessed and enjoyed many times. Beer: always a pleasure to see off John Barleycorn in your company.

Jan Stannard

How patient you were, Guy, when I drove you (in my ancient Reliant Scimitar, as I remember) to see Paul Bailey at Digital Research in Newbury, as the PR consultant working on the account while at Sterling PR, when I was 27 and you were already an IT journalist legend. At the time, the GEM system was competing against Microsoft and yes, it ended up as a squashing. Anyway, back to the M4. There is that bit, around Slough, where you pass the sewage farm and there occurred the inevitable 'inward drift' from the facility into the vehicle. I have no idea why I had such an anxiety attack about you possibly thinking you were trapped for an hour in a car not only with a PR person but one with doubtful intestines. But you were a complete gentleman and mentioned nothing, and the visit all went very well as I remember.

Knowing you personally was a badge of honour that meant a lot and you were always kind but challenging. To everyone else reading this who was in the 1980s IT generation eg Tebbo and Banks (RIP Tim Palmer and Claire Gooding), cheers for those years, they were great.

And the other thing I've just remembered is visiting your house and seeing this list of all the things to be done for the day pinned up by the door. I saw another side of 'tough guy' Guy.

Take care Guy,
Jan x

Richard Sarson

When I became an aged johnny-come-lately journo in the early '80s, I looked up at Guy as The Master. I remember once telling him so at a press lunch.

Where are you being treated? And is your hospital doing its stuff- administratively and computer system-wise? I ask, because a close friend called Dick Vinegar (geddit) writes a column comparing his (excellent) treatment and some of his contemporaries' treatment (rubbish). http://www.smarthealthcare.com/series/patient-from-hell

Comments, even rude ones, very welcome.

Denise Danks

My first memory of you, Guy, was my first computer press conference when a suit from Sperry Univac tried to intimidate you and make you stop asking a particular pertinent question ie "So, is this just an xyz00 in a different cabinet?" He, a 6ft cube of dense muscle, descended on you, pushed his clean shaven jaw an inch from your wispy folk singer beard and asked you to "REPEAT THAT QUESTION!" which you did, very politely, each time he asked you, which was about three or four times -until he stomped back to the podium. Hero.

Denise Danks

And talking of my dear friend, Tim Palmer. He was so delighted with a story about when you met Bill Gates. Apparently, you told him that you had been introduced to Gates as 'the top computer writer in the UK." Gates had replied " I think the guy who writes that little yellow sheet is." Tim laughed so much about that (I hope it's true!) and you must know how much he respected you.

Steve Gold

I remember the first time I met Guy - twas at the PC USer show in 1986 when I was quietly raging at Alan Solomon (Dr Solly) for SELLING shareware. Guy took me on one side and explained how journalism really works. I've been looking back ever since. Thanks Guy :) xx

Rob Schifreen

The mind plays weird tricks. But I think the first time I met Guy was when I joined VNU in 1987 as a writer on PCW. I'd submitted a big piece a few months earlier, as a freelance, which they published. Then a full-time job came up, I went for an interview, and got it. Turns out that Guy had personally recommended me to the then-editor, partly because of that article I'd submitted. So thanks, Guy, for changing the path of my career.

Ron Condon

Hey, Guy. Do you remember when we ended up in Singapore together? I bought a brand-new camcorder (not yet released in the UK) and couldn't wait to use it. So I ended up taking lots of shots of you (with Singapore in the background) which I still have. I also remember being very impressed by the fact that you had the roaming feature on your mobile phone and could call home. Light years ahead of me, as usual.

Greg Vitarelli

MWC Barcelona (2007). Sat next to Guy in the front rom during a Broadcom press conference but - as I recall - he seemed preoccupied with swapping a laptop that had crapped out on him with a Psion handheld, (model still unknown) to care about the presentation. Or so I thought...

Later that day he gave a grilling to one of their execs on that very same content...ahhh, multitasking.

No one was more comfortable at these events than Guy. Tevas with wool socks - style and substance!

Gary Flood

Hi Guy, I don't really know you but I am of course aware of your vast gravitational field and legendary status. I am so sorry to hear of your struggles and genuinely moved by your blog which I read today. Cancer can go and fuck itself up its evil arse, say I. I think the statements on here from your peers, juniors and mates are testament to your contribution, intelligence and commitment to IT journalism. And I would also say you and Tim Palmer remain standards for us all to try and live up to. Please do not go gently into that good night without knowing you mattered. Peace and love to you and your loved ones.

Gkewney

Memories, eh?

My best memories, from my own career, will be working on the launch of "MicroScope" with Peter Jackson and Old Grumpy (Ian White, now of Mobile News glory). The newspaper was my idea, cooked up with Felix Dennis. Fortnightly, I told him. "There aren't any fortnightly newspapers," he said. I waved Private Eye and Electronics at him. "Hm..." he said.

Peter had worked with Tim Palmer on Infomatics Daily Bulletin, and he and I bounced off each other. I think, at that part of the industry, we honestly knew more about who was doing what and to whom than anybody else in "micros."

Those were the days when the Channel was developing. I could NOT tell you the stories from Las Vegas during those times! The early days of Comdex, the end of the NCC, Ingram Micro, SBD Software, P&P, Mike Sterland, Modem House. Remember Modem house, Steve Gold?

Peter White

Guy taught me to write. Some would have said it was a mistake for him ever to have done so. It took just one story, the launch of the 8086 in about 1978/9 which we went to together. He asked questions, and I took notes and he said I should write the story and I wrote some garbled nonsense. Guy then set my version aside and put a piece of paper in his typewriter and asked, "What did the CEO chap say would happen?" and I answered from my notes and he typed it. He then asked another question and again I answered. In this way we wrote the article in about 12 minutes. At the end he put the top copy in the in-tray and gave me the bottom copy to read. I was shocked. He had just added the odd word and linked the sentences. I thought I wasn't allowed to say those things. "The CEO said them to you and he knew you were a journalist, so of course it's okay," said Guy. The penny dropped and I have used the same technique to have the veil fall from the eyes of some 200 or 300 tech journalists in the 30 years since. So they all owe him something.

Peter White

Another Guy story from 1978 was when I naively wrote up a story that a certain company was up for sale. It had been told me by the US CEO and the UK MD and sales director wanted me shot and offered me lunch. Bill Moores was their PR and it was the first time I met him. Guy decided to invite himself along and so did Richard Shrape (Yes I know it's Sharpe but it annoys him. Once they had tried to bully me into saying it wasn't true and I had shown them a photocopy of the notes, things died down and they pretended to be all nice. The scything BackBytes that Guy wrote never let them off the hook and practically made them unemployable in the industry. But he would not have colleagues bullied, a testimony to his character.

Annie Gurton

Oh Heck, I just can't recall the very first time I encountered you Guy - you were just always THERE. When I started on What Micro at Oxford Street in 1979 (Keith Eliott was the editor for a brief few weeks before Matt Nicholson took over) - I think you were working in the same building then ?
So many press events, so many lunches, so much copy, so many nice memories. It's all a bit of a haze.
Those were definitely the days, my friend.
Posted with Much Love.

William Poel

When Tebbo realises that this site is fast becoming media gold to a certain range of advertisers (zimmer frames, trifoculs and Wincarnis), make sure you get your cut, Guy...

Richard Sarson

I don't know whether this will be useful. It was written by a mate of mine last year in UCLH. He had pancreatic cancer.

I particularly like the bit about Alzheimer.

I too need fear no more the heat o’ the sun
Or the extreme results of climate change,
The global credit crunch can run and run,
The threat of Alzheimer’s is out of range.
Weight gain, weight loss no longer bother me,
Not tender feet, teeth crumbling in the mouth,
My worsening hearing, and I’ll never see
The garden’s need to curb the plane tree’s growth.
These I have loathed: the barking dog at night,
The clothes moth, helxia, the swelling floor,
The insolence of squirrels, postal blight.
They’re all behind me now, with many more.
This querulous, pedantic critic must
Approve the fact he’s now as dry as dust.

Dave Everitt

Memories of Guy, so many. The best, sitting along side him at his sailing club watching the school children learn while eating lunch and talking about the world ...

David Tebbutt

Oh Mr Poel. Low blow. But funny.

David Tebbutt

Young Mr Banks can't get the commenting stuff working, so he pinged me a couple of photos.

Now, the blog sports a photos page. And a couple of tabs, so you don't get lost.

If anyone else wants pix uploaded, send 'em to me - email's at http://www.tebbo.com/. To save me faffing around, see if you can make the width 500 pixels or fewer. Thanks.

PS If you're having trouble commenting, please ping me as above with your name, email and web address and I'll spoof your comment.

David Tebbutt

Inspired by Mr Banksie, I've added a couple of pix from July 9th last year. The three of us. Probably taken with Banksie's camera. Cheers Martin.

Manda

ah, how long have I known you, and yet the Guy known to all these other people, the journalist and technology reporter is perhaps the part I know least.

For me, Guy is a whole part of CiX, difficult, cantankerous, obsessed with mild pornography and sometimes frankly rude but essential reading with his own world view generously shared with all.

It's been up and down between us but just as we start to mellow time has been called. I'm so sorry because my own future joy has been curtailed, and because your leaving will make a huge gap in the world that we've inhabited together.

Enjoy yourself these last days, my friend, and if there is something on the other side, send us a postcard.

xx

chris

I don't know you Guy, but I know one of your friends whose blog guided me to yours. I just want you to know how much I admire the way you are handling this 'thing'. Kudos.
I have lit a candle and hope some vibes reach you and help. Attitude is King. Love from a fan.

Jennifer Perry

The story on how Guy became my dad.

One day I went sailing with Guy and co. I was heading off and wanted to go to the ladies. Guy showed me the way so he could get a life vest for Alice.

As we walked in Guy shouted I need a life vest for my daughter. This man turned around, looked at me and said I think this one will fit her!

Guy looked shocked - needless to say I thought it was hilarious - Guy has been dad every since.

Peter Judge

Now Guy, and your famous cheerfulness....

Last time I met you in the flesh, you hit me on the head with a press pack.

It was quite a gentle hit, and the pack was not overly rigid or solid.

And do you know, I'll treasure that moment.

Ezra Shapiro

COMDEX 1983, at the VisiOn launch cocktail party, hosted by Daniel Fylstra. There is Kewney. And there is Jerry Pournelle, science fiction writer and author of the "Chaos Manor" column at Byte Magazine. And Pournelle has had one or two too many.

I don't remember who starts it, but suddenly amid the clinking of glasses and low-key nerd chatter, Jerry and Guy are going at it, debating which of them is the first real computer columnist, the first to use first person and a sociable style.

"Well," says Jerry, while still in the conciliatory phase of the conversation, "you may have been the first *British* computer columnist to write in first person, but *I* was the first person *anywhere* to write in that style." (Or words to that effect.)

"No," says Guy, "because I wrote my first column in [whatever the date was]."

This does not sit well with Pournelle, and on it goes.

As I recall, sometime later I leave with Kewney to have a drink or a coffee or somesuch, and as we wander out we can hear Jerry, still holding forth, still carrying on.

Was it really over 25 years ago?

John Tweddell

Elaine Connolly and I had many a brush-up with Guy over the years we were in the IBM press office. I would like to think we were good friends (well as good as he had in IBM!) - However Guy - you have to admit you were a tough nut for someone in a PR in a press office. You had a particularly tricky strategy of ringing up on a Friday afternoon with a good question and demand a reply by the end of the day. For those not in IT twenty years ago, the wars between 'Big Blue' and 'the gutter' IT Press (not my words - my boss's) are legendary. Elaine and I (with Alan Tull) always like to think we played a part in lifting the veil (although IBM's position in the market and the intro of the PC may have had something to do with it)

Elaine send her love and still has that photo thats on the blog) as a reminder of that press visit to Texas.. I think you know that we married after leaving IBM and still think about you and the gang over a glass of wine ( hope your ears don't burn too much! John T

Gkewney

Those days, Ezra, were the BIX days of Byte, I think. And yes, it was never hard to fall into an "animated discussion" - online or in a bar - with an over-excited Jerry!

I remebmer particularly how you explained the odd politics of US academia, expecially the political innocence of a generation of nerds who studied science under the guidance of ex-pat German refugees. "These were scientists who never interested themselves in politics, just survival," you said, "and they simply passed on what they had been told to young American nerds who were interested in model railways and Pong, and who just took it all for granted."

Explained a lot, I found.

Gkewney

Tweddell: I remember you as the guy who joined IBM so as to get their APL/Basic based micro (5100?) machine to play with. And yes, you were a breath of fresher air in their PR department.

That Texas trip was one of many to Austin, one of my favourite spots on earth. Sunset at Lake Travis; beer and jazz down town, Dell, and Motorola and IBM and TI to visit. But the IBM trip was where I got my authentic Fort Worth Cowboy Hat!

(So many messages. Would love to be ableto comment to each one...)

John Tweddell

By the way - when I said 'Gutter press', I meant Datalink - PCW was OK!

Alan Gillings sends his regards - we are just about to go out for a couple of pints!

I have the photo of Elaine on the bronco - not sure how to up-load it to the blog - but I will send it to David to put up if thats OK .. John T

Megan

I've known Guy online for ages, but one time there was a need for more immediate contact & I left a message on his answering machine.

I was a bit startled when my phone rang a bit later and a completely unknown but distinctive voice said "Do you want to speak to me?"

Fortunately I recalled where I'd left messages, so responded, "If you're Guy Kewney, yest" and proceeded to deal with the matter in hand (if I remember aright, an offer of a brew as he was going to be near where I live).

Martin Banks

I've been trying to post a message about Lake Travis for 2 days now but somehow it doesn't work. Must be that the Chaos Field is still functioning well.

Martin Banks

That Fort Worth picture was taken by the in-bar photographer at Billy Bob's a huge bar, eatery and dance hall. It had one of those mechanical bucking broncos as well as that plastic steer on which we are perched. The photographer sat us on the beast and I promptly slid down, pushing you on to its neck in a way that Mary might not appreciate. That's why I'm holding on to the beast's tail.

Martin Banks

I had a dig around and found a couple of photographs that might amuse or at least raise a smile. Both were taken on an IBM trip to Dallas and Austin, one of the few occasions that Tim Palmer made it out of the Computergram office for a week-long jaunt.

I’ve sent them to Tebbo to see if he can get them up on this blog somehow.

That was a good trip, including the classic everyone-should-do-this-once-in-their-life evening of dinner overlooking Lake Travis. The sunsets there are just stunning, and watching a small boat scud across the lake as the light turns from dark maroon to purple is still a very fond memory. We stood at the balcony rail and said not a lot. It is still something difficult to describe.

But back to the photos – there is a classic group photo with the likes of Judith Massey, Peter Judge, Andrew Lawrence, Nick Enticknap and of course Tim. And there is one of thee and me on a plastic steer, pretending to be rodeo riders……..and failing.

David Tebbutt

The photo uploading hare of Tebbo beat the commenting tortoise of Banksie.

Tari Lang (used to be Hibbitt)

That Canadian journalist was Geof Wheelwright and I had quite forgotten about the three crackers bravado! I don't know where he is now and what he's doing... I remember his wife was some sort of foodie.

And is the woman you're thinking about Lesley someone? She went to EA in California eventually.

This really is stretching the memory cells. And seeing John Tweddell and Elaine Connolly's names here, now there are some lovely memories. I heard you got married - hope you're both in the pink...

David Tebbutt

God. He's at Microsoft.

Geof Wheelwright

Many, many things come to mind when I think of you, Guy. The first is that trip to San Mateo that Tari mentioned - when you and I spent what seemed like the better part of a week together in San Mateo with Electronic Arts and Trip Hawkins. You were a well-established Industry Figure by then - and I was wondering what wonderful mistake had been in the invites that I should be accompanying you. I also recall you having a wonderful, human attitude toward the whole event - gently nudging the action-packed agenda in the direction of something more survivable given the jet lag and short timeframe of the trip.

I also remember having you as a columnist during my brief and inglorious run as editor of PCW. And I looked one up one of your columns for me - and it's amazingly prescient! You wrote it on October of 1990. And here's what you said:

"Unemployment has arrived in the microcomputer business. There are micro people who don't have jobs. And until this year, when such things started happening, in never crossed my mind that unemployment hadn't existed before. I thought that micro people always had jobs"

I have lots of other memories of you and our shared experiences that I'm sure will come to mind - from when I first came to the UK in 1982 and found that an energetic fellow called Felix Dennis was to be my publisher (and you had some useful observations about what that would be/was like) to when we last chatted a few years ago when I was doing some consulting in Vancouver - and I'll post when I think of them.

Geof Wheelwright

Just the "more comments" link and read Guy's recollection of the many crackers I stuffed in my mouth... I think I had suppressed that memory. I also recall Tari and Trip taking us to a baseball game at Candlestick Park - where the Montreal Canadians took on the home team....

Geof Wheelwright

OK - last thing for today. You were wondering what I'm doing now. I live in Bellevue, Washington, have three teenage kids (two 17-year old boys and a 19-year-old girl) and work at Microsoft - managing a team of technical writers in the Windows Server High Performance Computing group. You may remember my daughter, whom you see in the photo and whom you met at a press conference when she was a wee tot. And yes, my ex-wife was an enthusiastic foodie! You have a very good memory.

David Tebbutt

Rummaging my machine for mentions of Guy, I found a tale about him and Adam Osborne (RIP) from 1980. It starts with some comments about Adam Osborne's presentation of a White Elephant Award to Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston for the then ground-breaking Visicalc:

Before leaving the presentation I asked a pretty young delegate why she had attended the session. She replied: ``I didn't understand a word of what he said but, wow, that voice!'' (Rumour has it that the young lady in question was subsequently invited to go yachting by the man himself).

And, while on the subject of sailing with Adam Osborne, I simply have to tell you the misfortune that struck our very own Guy Kewney just a day or two before the show. Seeking the pleasures of the sea, the two of them (having decided that it would be a good idea to use the engine for pottering around San Francisco Bay) carefully stowed the sails, upped anchor and motored off. After a while it became apparent that the yacht wasn't making too much progress - in fact it was proceeding at approximately walking pace even on full throttle. Guy held on to the tiller while Adam went below to investigate and, not knowing quite where to go, our ``newshound'' steered into the middle of the bay. Eventually Adam re-emerged with the news that the gears (or something) had stripped and that they would have to unstow the carefully stowed sails; the job done, Guy was again given the tiller while Adam went below to fix a drink. This time Guy headed in the general direction of the harbour entrance and, just as he was starting to feel apprehensive about getting back again, Adam reappeared to take over the helm. A few deft course adjustments later they were stranded on a mudbank! And technology wasn't finished yet!

Adam, attempting to catch the harbourmaster's ear via the radio waves, managed to disintegrate an important button on the radio; thus the two of them were reduced to frantic waving at passing boats. It's all true. . . it must be, Guy told me.

Wendymcauliffe

Guy, I have so many fond memories of working with you and I'm so pleased that we've stayed friends over the years.

I remember you bringing me back a small fluffy lion from a press trip to Vegas I think, and I still have it now and it's been passed on to my daughter!

I was in awe of your lunches - a proper cooked meal at your desk with a bottle of beer or glass of wine. Those were the days!

You have always been so supportive throughout my career and I feel honoured to have known you. You are a very loyal person...if you say you'll be somewhere, you'll be there...which unfortunately can't be said of many journalists!!

I hope every remaining day is a very special one for you. You are in my thoughts xx

William Poel

I should also mention that Guy was the first person who told me to watch out for Google as an up and coming thing. At the time, no one else had a clue that this rather barren ten word website was going to eat their breakfast, lunch and dinner; and then also raid their fridge at 3am...

Manek Dubash

I remember the excitement at PC Mag when Google first appeared - it was palpable. But that's a discussion for another day....

tim dyson

Guy,
I was Microsoft's PR flack when we first met and you appropriately treated me as that. It irritated me at the time as I thought I was a genius that knew more about the world than anyone. I was 24 at the time. Pretty soon you made realize that I knew very little and that I had to learn a lot.

I recall you giving me hell because you did a meeting with Bill Gates and he was his usual self (rude, arrogant etc) and you felt he gave you a useless interview. It was at that point that I finally understood that you were a real journalist and I needed to be a real PR person.

Hope the days go well my friend and thank you for giving me hell at the start of my career. I needed it.

Claire Walker

When I worked on Micronet800 and moved from (failed) sales to PR, Guy was the first non EMAP journalist I rang up. He was writing on Microscope and I had a news update for him. I was shaking so much it's a miracle the crockery and glasses stayed on the table. I think Guy noticed me trembling with fear and was very kind to me. He quoted me which was way beyond my remit. I thought I'd get fired but I survived a little longer.

I have so many memories of fun times with Guy (Dell, Oracle and various press trips to far flung places, and mad, bad and dangerous Firefly parties). I've also got a few hilarious photos. I have a few pictures of Guy adorning a Mexican hat(worn all the home on the train from the Which Computer Show at the NEC circa 1989). I guess it could have been the influence of a tequilla fuelled afternoon in the press office?? Banksy - I had to carry you to the station!!! Am happy to post some pics once I find them and then work out how..where..

Meanwhile Guy and Mary know only too well why I'm taking such a keen interest in his progress and wish him well, and will visit again soon xxxxxxxxx

Katie Kemp

Guy - it's funny. I don't remember not knowing you. Clearly I didn't know you before I moved to the UK... but once I was there and somewhat entrenched in the lovely world of PR/Microsoft, Intel etc... well you were always there, always fair (though sometimes I refused to admit that), very funny and simply brilliant at what you did.

I see that you gave Tim grief (phew, someone had to), but all I got from you was complete honesty be it about my clients, the company I kept or the company I tried to run ;-).

Lots of love and best wishes,

Katie Kemp

Simon Bisson

All I can say, Guy, is that you've been an inspiration and a mentor throughout my career - from neophyte moonlighter to the jobbing freelance I am today. You've always been there to talk to, and even on those rare occasions we've had a disagreement it's never been something that's got in the way of what has (as for so many others) turned into friendship.

Cheers!

Judith Massey

Hi there Guy
Clive (Couldwell) just sent me a link to the first pic on this site's photo page - a group of distinguished (!) UK tech journalists on an IBM press trip to Texas with Elaine C. Happy days indeed, especially when we got those cowboy hats in the store in Fort Worth. We also stood on the famous grassy knoll in Dallas listening to conspiracy theories and drank gigantic margaritas in a hillside bar in Austin. And you tell the young ones today what hard times we had and they just don't believe you. Sorry you're ill; your courage is outstanding.

Steve Mansfield-Devine

Guy, correct me if I'm wrong but we first met during those heady launch days of PC Dealer (1986?). Tim Ring had charged me with gathering interviews with industry bods for the first issue. The only one who was being difficult was Alan Sugar. You rang him and gave him a sound bollocking. We got the interview. I learned a lot that day. Have been a bolshie bastard ever since.

Gkewney

Back from a TEDIOUS day at hospital (nothing achieved) and finding dozens and dozens of new memories popping up. A very good way to turn an awful day into a tourist bus ride along Memory.

I'll post again tomorrow. Have updated the Hunkymouse blog with all relevant details, as usual.

Louise Kehoe

Guy, this is indeed a great memory lane! Thanks to Geof Wheelright for sending me the link.
So Guy and I first met in the early 70s. We were kid reporters having a great time with the power of the pen (should note that we actually wrote stories on manual type writers in those days!!!!) and not knowing what we didn't know. Guy knew everything, of course.:)Martin Banks was also around and was equally sure of himself. (And lets just say they didn't always agree!)
Skipping forward, after I moved to California in 77, Guy would show up from time to time on a press junket. He would be visiting Adam Osborne and then come to my house (quite a step down I fear). The visit to San Mateo that Geof writes about must have been one of those occasions.
(more later)
Love, Louise

Louise Kehoe

Guy, I expect you are fed up with the BBC snafu, but seeing it here again gave me a big laugh. And it was Ray Snoddy (ex FT) who presented it deadpan. Now I cannot remember whether it was you or Banksie who told me about it at the time...one of my bearded friends anyway!

Louise Kehoe

Interesting to see Tim Dyson's recollection of a bad Bill Gates interview. So you had that problem too! One of my early interviews with him was so bad that the Wagg Ed folks made him do it over again a few days later :) Must say he got a lot better over the years though so I hope you also had that experience.
A question for you Guy: what was the most memorable interview you did? Memorable for being great or being awful?

Elves

I don't know Guy.

ISTR meeting some old (I thought), bearded hippy at a bus stop on Ken high street in the early 80s after some show.

Oh, wait, why is Guy on my friend list in FB?

You are right about your ability to synthesise. The targets in the PR world, possibly being outed too early, would claim you were "leaping to conclusions".

You have been passionate about this industry, and yes, I would read your insightful pieces.

It's not over yet, you or the industry. Now it's really personal and you'll still push out comments worthy of note.

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