Wednesday, October 8, 2008 :: Q...
Stephanie Lowe was a Rockwell support staff member. I liked Steph. Each morning when I arrived she would greet me. She had large blue eyes and short blond hair. Stephanie worked for Rockwell when I signed on– however due to cutbacks was reassigned to another Rockwell office about 2 years before I left.
Before leaving Stephanie said I called her “dumb, stupid and lazy”. I would have never said that about her. What I said was– “I am not Grace [Cho]– [another programmer on staff that provided technical support for Steph’s costing programs]”. Grace was going back to South Korea with her husband and they wanted to know if I wanted to take over the support of the programs in Grace’s absence. I said no. “I would not be jumping up each time Steph had a problem”. Grace left at 5:00 pm every day. I did not have a job like that. I met with customers, came up with ideas, implemented the ideas, discussed contracts and documented my programs and for others that did not like or did not have to write. Grace and Doug did not have to write as well as program [code]. I did. My career was important to me.
I was not adding Stephanie to my work load. That is what I said. I was saddened when I heard Steph said this. It broke my heart to think she would lie on me. After leaving Rockwell — this is one of the things I still look at with great sadness.
What do I think it means today? NASA. It is clear to me NOW why they had Steph do this and they knew I would feel it. They were right.
Al Gore is trying to tell you something. I wish he would continue. He has a big head. I have told you what I know.
I did not say you were “dumb, stupid and lazy”. I asked Why Me?….
PS– Steph’s programs were a hodgepodge of ADA and C programs using a RDBMS. Her overhead stuff was only for local consumption and our Anaheim office actually kept the official data as related to costs and overhead functions. Hers was an estimate tool. I suggested and implemented an Access HR program to put the many functions in a localized application that Steph could “fix” herself. She was upset. It was a good idea and worked well. So well– Steph’s function in our office became obsolete. I honestly liked Steph.