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November 17, 2003

Ceremony in the Lowlands

Before it was all going to happen it felt like going to your own execution.

Here we were, me and my two secondants, waiting in this room for the procession to take me to the hangman. Dan & Robbert are smiling and I am trying to... Like your execution this is something you probably only do once in your live and that is how it felt.

I don't remember much about my presentation, except for I was really pressed for time. I had the Roger Needham quotes at the end and really wanted to have sufficient time to talk about them. Maybe not very good planning.

It was surprising to see that even though this type of ceremony is very European the real  nice 'robes' are the American ones. The red one is Keith Marzullo (Stanford colors) and the in the blue is Ken Birman (Berkeley colors).

I am trying hard to remember all the nice things Henri said in the laudatio, but I can't. I'll have to ask him for a copy of it.

After the ceremony there was an official reception, where there was a chance for family, friends and academic colleagues to mingle. I get to pose for pictures with most of them. I am a bit stiff in most of them, probably still stressed form just having escaped the public hanging...

It was a really cool event. I am very grateful to those who made it happen. I am very happy for all the Dutch friends and family who came even though I have been out of the country for about 12 years now, and for the Americans who made the long trip to Amsterdam. Thank you all!

Posted by Werner Vogels at November 17, 2003 11:21 AM
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Werner-
This is just fantastic. Can you tell us more about the award that you received?

Posted by: Julie Lerman on November 17, 2003 12:34 PM

I like these real honest ones..

“I don't remember much about my presentation, except for I was really pressed for time”

“I am trying hard to remember all the nice things Henri said in the laudatio, but I can't.”

(Happens to me sometimes, but I could never say this. Guess it happens when you really look up to something & finally get it)

Posted by: Aseem Bajaj on November 17, 2003 02:10 PM

Wow! That is amazing! Congratulations! Our defence is pretty formal compared to some countries, but you beat us, man :)

I'm impressed.

Posted by: Jill on November 24, 2003 02:10 PM