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About the Authors

Patrick Blattner has been using Excel for more than 12 years in corporate and private business. After graduating from Northeast Louisiana University, he started out in the contracting and gold-mining industry. He then branched off into product development where he received a United States Utility Patent (5,031,865) and set up manufacturing in China with international distribution. He has spent the last four years in interactive software development and is a member of The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Patrick currently works for Disney Interactive. He can be contacted at Patrick@BlattnerBooks.com or you can visit his site at http://www.blattnerbooks.com.

Laurie Ulrich has been teaching computer classes for universities and corporate training centers for more than 10 years. She also runs her own firm, Limehat&Company, Inc., an organization that specializes in technical documentation, software education, Web page design, and Web site hosting. Her firm's primary focus is helping businesses to make the most of their computer investment—by shedding their fears of computerization, and remaining on the cutting edge of business software. In the last two years, Laurie has been a contributing author on several books, and authored four of her own for Macmillan Computer Publishing: Using Microsoft Word 97, Using Microsoft PowerPoint 97, The Microsoft Office 97 Productivity Pack,and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running a Small Office with Microsoft Office.One of her upcoming titles includes Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2000 in 21 Days. She can be contacted at laurie@limehat.com or you can visit her site at http://www.limehat.com.

Ken Cook operates his own software training and consulting business, which he formed in 1989 in the central New Jersey area. He specializes in developing Microsoft Office custom solutions and training Microsoft Office as well as sales automation software for Fortune 500 companies. Ken's writing experience includes developing a custom training curriculum for his clients. Prior to consulting, Ken worked for five years at Prince Manufacturing, where he held marketing and operations positions that exposed him to all facets of the corporate environment. Ken holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Syracuse University.

Timothy Dyck has been using, supporting, and developing for Microsoft Office applications since 1984 (when he was blown away seeing Microsoft Word for DOS's onscreen italic for the first time). He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and has an honors degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is now a contributing editor for PC Week Labs, specializing in databases and Web-development tools.

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