I have long enjoyed giving keynotes and presentations, as well as talking to the press and analysts. But an appreciation for writing is something I only discovered very late in my career when I started doing this blog a couple of years ago. But, when I think about it, I should not have been surprised. A late-life love of writing is something I got through osmosis from my long time friend and colleague Marty Reilly, who died on May 20, 2007.
For many years Marty worked in Executive Communications at IBM. He was known as one of the top speechwriters in the company. It was my luck that about fourteen years ago or so we started working closely together. Marty indeed wrote my speeches, but that does not begin to describe our relationship.