To the Editor: More For Singles?

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This article was prepared for the April 20, 2005 issue of U.S. 1

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Between the Lines: Niels Nielsen

Newspapers do not often acknowledge any losses in their readership.

But here at U.S. 1 we must note, with regret, the loss of one faithful

reader, Niels H. Nielsen, 74, who died on April 14. Nielsen was the

quintessential reader. He prodded and he praised. Over the last eight

years he contributed three thoughtful letters to the editor, and he

frequently made useful suggestions by E-mail or phone.

With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from McGill, Nielsen founded

Princeton Management Consultants, focusing on human resources, and

published three books. We first met Nielsen in 1986, when we profiled

him as co-founder of the Jobseekers Group, an organization that has

not yet outgrown its usefulness. He was also co-founder of the

Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament.

Nielsen had close to a perfect attendance record for U.S. 1-sponsored

lectures and expos and could be counted on, not only to ask the first

question, but one of the best ones. Last May, when Business Week ran a

cover story on six industries that would be revamped by the Internet,

Nielsen brought the story to our attention and noted that half of

those industries had been featured in their earliest stages at our

annual technology showcases.

On several occasions Nielsen weighed in with recommendations for new

categories for our annual Business Directory. Defining categories in

this fast changing business environment is a challenge for any

directory editors, and ours have been grateful for this reader’s


Over the years any newspaper can be expected to win some readers,

lose some, and even win some back. We will have to work hard to

attract another one as discerning as Niels Nielsen.

Calling hours are Thursday, April 21, 7 to 9 p.m. at Mather-Hodge

Funeral Home on Vandeventer Street in Princeton, and the funeral is

Friday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street,


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To the Editor: More For Singles?

Whatever happened to those great "singles" articles that used to be

published almost every week? One I remember most had to do with

single dads/moms in the area, somewhat of a comical take on "survival

in suburbia." Another article offered tips on Internet dating.

The articles used to be an entertaining source of conversation among

my group of single friends each week. Now the Singles section of your

paper only contains the repetitious inclusion of personal ads from the

same 15-20 people and listings of the local chapters of singles’

organizations. How about re-adding that humorous take on being single

back into U.S. 1?

Deborah Banko CPA

Dunham Construction Services, 947 State Road, Princeton

Editor’s note: We continue to look for the new and unusual in the

Central New Jersey singles scene. See page 38 for an unusual singles

event that takes place Thursday, April 28. Readers with ideas for

singles stories should E-mail

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