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About the Authors

Nancy Stevenson is a freelance, writer, instructor, and consultant. She teaches technical writing at Purdue University in Indianapolis. Prior to going freelance, Nancy was a publishing manager at Que, and before that worked as a trainer, consultant, and product manager at Symantec Corporation in California.

Brian Reilly is a partner in Singer and Reilly Enterprise in New York City, which is a company that designs custom applications in corporate communication management. His background in consumer products management has convinced him of the need to be able to suppress unwanted information and graphically show only actionable information with instantly understandable graphics. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. An avid sailor in the Northeastern waters, he appreciates the difference between a datasheet and a spinnaker sheet. Brian can be reached on CompuServe at 75663,3456.

Dave Johnson is a freelance writer and columnist for Peak Computing magazine. He has written The Desktop Studio, and contributed to Platinum Edition Using Windows 95 as well as such magazines as Computer Shopper and Digital Video. Dave's years in the classroom and briefing room have hardened him into a PowerPoint warrior. He can be reached at djohns@rmii.com.

Steve Rindsberg is the owner of RDP, a slide imaging service bureau in Cincinnati, Ohio. In more than 20 years of slide and audiovisual production, he's never found an easier way of making slides than with PowerPoint. He hopes that your experience with it will be every bit as pleasant as his.

Dorothy Burke is an independent computer trainer and consultant, but she started out as a writer and magazine editor. A four-year apprenticeship in the magazine publishing industry gave her a set of skills she carried into computers, where she specializes in desktop publishing and graphics. Along the way, she sold medical equipment, wrote newsletters, prepared product catalogs, and trained company employees in business procedures, billing, and customer service. Her break into computers came during her years with a small management consulting firm, where her spreadsheet, word processing, and database skills were honed while she developed more efficient methods to analyze financial data and prepare promotional materials for her clients. Dorothy is a Certified Lotus Professional and a Certified Lotus Notes Instructor, and as such was a contributing author to the 10 Minute Guide to Lotus Notes Mail. She can be reached through CompuServe at 71061,364.

Laura Monsen is a senior instructor and consultant with Productivity Point International in San Antonio, Texas, where she teaches a variety of presentation graphic, spreadsheet, project management, and database applications. Laura has designed a diverse number of PowerPoint presentations for her classes to graphically illustrate complex topics. Additionally, she frequently creates business presentations as part of PPI's consulting services. Laura contributed to Que's Special Edition Using Microsoft Project for Windows 95. She has a B.A. in Economics from the University of South, Sewanee.

Michael O'Mara is a freelance author and technical writer. Previously, he was a staff author with The Cobb Group where he wrote innumerable articles about leading computer software programs and served as editor-in-chief of several monthly software journals. He has co-authored or contributed to other Que books including Using DOS; Using Windows 3.11; Special Edition Using CompuServe; Special Edition Using Windows 95; Special Edition Using Windows NT Workstation 3.51; 10 Minute Guide to Freelance Graphics 96 for Windows 95; and Using Your PC. He can be reached on CompuServe at 76376.3441.

Todd White has spent the last year and a half working as the regional technology specialist for a Northern Michigan library cooperative. Specializing in Internet, PC networking, and Microsoft Office tools, Todd has developed and continues to conduct Internet training for librarians from nine Northern Lower Michigan counties. Todd also has the privilege of writing a bi-weekly column for a local newspaper, Internet Coffee Talk. Prior to the library co-op, Todd exclusively wrote and maintained a suite of documentation for a UNIX-based software corporation, a position Todd began while still attending Hope College in Holland, Michigan. During the past four years, Todd has also had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of people through independent contracts. His contractual experiences have allowed him many challenges ranging from documenting automotive manufacturing software to conducting Internet training for local groups including Air National Guard and Alpena Community College and educational school district staff and faculty. Todd can be reached via the Internet at tmwhite@northland.lib.mi.us.

Michael Desmond is senior news editor at PC World magazine, the world's largest computer publication. He is also vice-president of the Computer Press Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the computer press, its writers, and editors. In 1996, Michael earned the Jesse H. Neal Award from the American Business Press for runner-up in the best investigative article category. Previously executive editor at Multimedia World magazine, Michael has an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and a B.A. in Soviet Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont. Michael has also written for other publications, including Working Woman and Video magazines, and is a contributing author to Que's Platinum Edition Using Windows 95. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael is an inveterate Cleveland Indians fan, and will never—ever—forgive Art Modell for moving the Cleveland Browns football team to Baltimore.

Edward Willett is a freelance writer in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Born in New Mexico, he moved to Canada from Texas as a child but returned to the U.S. for college, graduating from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a degree in journalism. He's worked as a newspaper reporter and editor and for a science center, which led to the weekly science column he now writes for several Canadian newspapers. Edward is also a singer and actor who has performed in numerous plays, musicals, and operas across Saskatchewan.

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