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Between the Lines

This column was printed in U.S. 1 Newspaper on March 25, 1998).

When we first reported on DevCom, the company featured

on page 46 of this issue, our reporter noted a motto on the office

wall of the CEO, Steven Gross. "Great minds discuss ideas,"

the wall plaque read. "Average minds discuss events. Small minds

discuss people."

Our reporters — great minds that they are — certainly have

some ideas to discuss in this issue. The quartet of pharmaceutical-related

companies featured in this issue raise lots of ideas. See our section

beginning on page 43.

And our Survival Guide offers the usual number of events. One, in

fact, is co-sponsored by this newspaper: It’s the New Jersey Entrepreneurial

Network’s forum on "Leveraging New Jersey Resources" to be

held next Wednesday, April 1, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Forrestal.

In addition to a panel discussion, representatives from 18 organizations

will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on how to take advantage

of the resources and services available to businesses.

Our Survival Guide section documents many of these resources each

and every week. But if you don’t believe that central New Jersey offers

a wealth of resources for business, then you might want to attend

this meeting. A story about the forum appears on page 10 of this issue.

An ad with additional information is on page 13.

And if you have an event that would be of interest to other area businesses,

please let us know. We almost always preview them, we rarely review

them. So send information in advance to our Survival Guide section.

So much for the great minds and average minds of our operation. Now

the small minds come into play. We are still receiving comments about

our March 11 cover story on "Tales from the Script." One letter

writer, human resources consultant Niels Nielsen, noted that the only

valid observations he would make about the handwriting of our staff

was that several of us were barely legible and that all of us should

see an astrologer for more insight.

But other readers take this handwriting business much more seriously.

The following letter is a little long by our standards, but we will

make room for it. And why not — it’s about people and our minds

delight in it.

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To the Editor

Thank you for your March 11 issue featuring Renee Martin

and her contributions to graphology. Your column "Between the

Lines" invited readers to comment on the signatures of contributing

staff members, so — off the top of my head — here goes:

Barbara Fox: Ability to concentrate in a small area, attention

to detail. Rightward slant is conventional, traditional; tends to

emotional reactions rather than intellectual ones. High ambitions

or aspirations (religious or spiritual?). Highly intelligent. Pride

in self/family. Writing is connected rather than broken up; logical

deductive reasoning rather than intuitive or hunches. Tends to be

socially inhibited or shy. Critical, sharp, can be impatient. Rapid


Brenda Fallon: Similar, maybe a little looser, to Barbara

Fox, but can react even more emotionally to a given situation. Sensitive

to criticism. Rapid thinker. Can use intuitive thinking processes

as well as deductive logic. High aspirations.

Kathleen M. Sisack: Controlled, careful, deliberate, conscientious.

Interested in making an esthetic statement at all times (art ability

may or may not be used), adding extra little touches for decoration.

Slight case of teenage rebellion, probably directed against mother.

Outwardly nice, going by prescribed social forms. Might be a secret

rebel. Introverted, although appearing to be outgoing. Hard to get

to know. Dramatic ability? Self-dramatization? Self-protective.

Nicole Plett: I knew this had to be an artist even before

I saw her title. Creative, original forms. But still connected, showing

logical thinking instead of intuitive breaks in writing. Looks as

if it’s been drawn rather than written (like Stuart Davis). Cool,

introverted, angular, formal — not easy to get to know. Independent

thinker, non-traditional.

Peter Mladineo: Might be Peter Mladineo, but then it might

be anything. Not one to communicate, wishes to appear as important

executive, and be inscrutable rather than very accessible. Dramatic,

high energy level.

Richard K. Rein: High aspirations, pride in family. Very

sensitive to criticism. Quick-thinking, action oriented. Very intelligent.

Intuitive, hunches. Attention to detail. Warm, somewhat emotional

attitude to others. Cares what people think of him. What does middle

initial K stand for? Either a name that he doesn’t like too much,

or a family name not as important as Rein?

Karen Sly: Upbeat, optimistic. Self-sufficient. Persevering.

Simplified capitals — esthetic, good judgment. When entering new

situation, stands back and observes before rushing in. Keeps secrets

well. Some letters not completely formed — plays cards close to

the vest? Good natural rhythm.

Diana Joseph-Riley: Diplomatic, tactful. Uses logical

thinking. Starts out with traditional right slant which becomes left

leaning at end. Moodiness, changeability? There seems to be more space

between Joseph and Riley than between Diana and Joseph — if Joseph

is original family name, she seems closer to that than Riley? Insufficient

information, no writing sample.

Michelle D. Cocciolillo: Well-balanced, good natural rhythm.

Conscientious, legible (wishes to communicate). Amiable, pleasant

to get along with, but can be sharp. On an even emotional keel usually,

although may have been slightly depressed or tired when this signature

was made. Can keep secrets, hers as well as others!

Of course all of this is to be taken with more than a few grains

of salt, since I have no adequate samples, no capital I’s for analysis,

no margins, no way to measure pressure or the quality of the pen strokes

— all of which would be very meaningful.

Incidentally, who is the person whose handwriting is part of your

cover illustration? He’s probably male, probably right-handed, and

looks like a real somebody. The script is high level, creative, original,

intuitive, definitely executive. (Editor’s note: It was Bob Hillier’s

hand in the background on the cover.)

The lower loops (small g’s) are so inflated that they run into the

line below, which might impair clear judgment. The loops would indicate

lower zone prominence: the material world, acquisitiveness, sports

or other physical interests.

Bart Jackson: Wrote a great article, but I don’t have

much to say without more of a sample. Sort of loose, observant, tendency

to procrastination, generous, open. Probably intolerant of traditional


Now, about me: I’m a retired library assistant (John Witherspoon

School). I’ve been a volunteer graphologist for Curtain Calls for

many New Years’ eves, and always had a great time. Since I am self-taught,

not accredited, I have never charged. So — if you have any other

interesting handwritings, please feel free to send them along to me

and I’ll tell you how I see them. Thanks for listening.

Dorothy B. Rubin


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