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Abbott is the founder of steveabbott.org,
a site devoted to her father. Abbott has always been big into talking
and connecting with other people. When Abbott's father died, she
spent many years mourning him in what she describes as an uncomfortable
isolation. In late 1998, Abbott's Web designer boyfriend encouraged
her to create a personal Web page. She decided to create a memorial
Website for her father using the reams of artifacts, and writings
he'd left her. Six labor-intensive months later, she launched (on
Father's Day) steveabbott.com, a digital portrait of her dad. The
site expressed what Abbott's father meant to her.
response to the site has been tremendously amazing. Yahoo and Netscape
honored the site. Abbott received huge traffic and loads of personal
emails from strangers who could relate or were moved by her story.
Abbott also received correspondence from friends of her father's
with whom she'd fallen out of touch. Many of these friends sent
Abbott books or poems that she folded into the site. Abbott plans
to build on the community experience by moving the site from an
UNIX platform to an NT platform and posting a bulletin board.
do you earn a living?
am currently working "for the good" as a fundraising officer at
the New York Public Library. Libraries are among the very few locations
where those who don't have access to computers at work or at home
can use computers and the Internet free of charge. The New York
Public Library is currently working on partnering with new media
companies and individuals to help maintain and expand public access
to technology and tech training.
When did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers
didn't really get into computers until I was wired at work and discovered
the Web. I loved surfing and immediately wanted to get involved.
I then worked for a stint in e-commerce planning advertising for
a major music Website, but this left me a little cold. I only really
got into technology when I discovered how it could be an amazing
means for what I consider good work--connection, creative expression,
you consider yourself a Geek?
I have always been a geek--despite myself. In the days of high school
and popularity contests this bothered me. But more recently, as
I've finally embraced my full geekiocity. It has served me well.
is your favorite Website?
and MP3lit.com for the content, Space.com
for the print-worthy visuals, and jodi.org
for the sheer random fun.
do you do when you are not working?
busy promoting steveabbott.com through press, readings and attempts
at publishing. I also love quiet walks on the beach and cheese fondue.