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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

Even though I've been through the process several times now, the number of people involved in getting a book from my head to your hands still amazes me. Were it up to me, their names would be in large, friendly letters on the front of the book. But that's one of the decisions I don't get to make.

So let me go on record, right here, saying this book would never have made it to the shelves without the assistance of these folks. In order of appearance…

First, Sondra Scott, who had faith in this book when I'd lost track of the number of people who'd told me “great idea, dear, but nobody will buy it.” (Please buy lots of copies, and prove her right!)

Several people read the book in manuscript and offered their suggestions. The generosity of these folks and their contribution to the project cannot be overestimated: Sandra Daigle, Cristof Falk, Stephen Jeffries, Kelly Martens, Bob Reselman, and David Sceppa.

Elizabeth Zdunich is one of those amazing people who just make things happen. (I confess: I'm not.) If there were dramas, I never knew about them. Working with her has been, truly, a comfort. And she's kind, too.

Karen Gettman took over the project at the last moment, mid-panic, and never faltered. Impressive performance, that.

Julie Nahil and Dmitri Korzh are responsible for the production of the book itself. Their efforts have been nothing less than heroic, dealing with my unorthodox work habits, multiple versions of every graphic, color tip-ins…

Finally, Peter Vogel succeeded in finding the title for the book. Were it not for him, the volume you hold in your hand might be called…well…if I knew what it might have been called, I wouldn't be so grateful to him for “Seeing Data.”

To all of you, my thanks.

Rebecca M. Riordan
Santa Fe, New Mexico
May, 2004

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