Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Derek Torres

Back when Windows Vista was in beta, I was commissioned by Wiley to write the Windows Vista Ultimate Bible. I knew when I looked at the sheer scope of the book I couldn't do it myself. My agent paired me up with an experienced writer named Derek Torres, and together we wrote that huge tome.

After that, Derek and I kept in casual touch. We'd share witty remarks now and then, and when the Facebook fad went big we quickly became FB friends. It was always a pleasure to read his often-hilarious updates, and his sly comments on my own updates. Derek had a way with words that I can only envy.

We teamed up for another book, which also features the wonderful Loyd Case. That book, the second revision of Wireless All-In-One for Dummies, will be published posthumously for Derek. Derek died last week of complications of H1N1, and I'm absolutely heartbroken.

So here's to a great writer, a reliable collaborator, an incredible wit, and a great friend. Derek, I miss you terribly. Rest in peace, my friend.

4 comments:

  1. Great tribute, Joel. It is sad that his time on this earth was so short.

    The brightest stars always go out most quickly.

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  2. I sat across from Derek for several years at the office. His witticisms always made the day go by faster. He was a great guy. Thanks for the tribute.

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  3. He must have known his time with us could be short because he squeezed every ounce of the humor out of situations and generously shared it with us. What a lovely way to keep his spirit alive. Can't wait to read the book. I'm sure Derek is wirelessly connected somehow. Nancy

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  4. I am sad to see these kind of things still happen... Sorry that you lost a good friend.

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