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Keynote Curse Strikes Again

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OFC/NFOEC News Analysis
Light Reading
2/24/2004

Kevin Kennedy will miss his OFC keynote tomorrow. Doctor's orders.

The JDS Uniphase Corp. (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU) CEO, still in his first year on the job, was placed on travel restrictions for unspecified medical reasons. JDSU officials say Kennedy is fine and even working this week, but was told not to make even the short hop from the Bay Area to Los Angeles.

That marks two years in a row that a component vendor has missed an OFC keynote. Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) exec Sean Maloney couldn't deliver his speech last year due to an unfortunate skiing accident (see OFC Keynoter Lands on DL). Apparently, optical keynotes are more dangerous than they look.

"This can't be coincidence. Obviously this is a curse," says one unnamed official (unnamed because we just now made him up). It's also been suggested that Old Farmer MacGruder is sabotaging the shows to scare people away, and he would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for them meddling kids.

In addition to the lunchtime keynote, Kennedy also missed a Monday reception for analysts, many of whom would have met him for the first time.

So far, no substitute is scheduled to take Kennedy's place.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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CogswellCogs
CogswellCogs
12/5/2012 | 2:22:50 AM
re: Keynote Curse Strikes Again
So, the link for 'skiing accident' shows a picture of Sonny Bono, who was killed in a skiing accident. I suppose if someone is late for a conference appearance due to a car accident, you'll have a link to a pic of Princess Diana?

Some of us are beyond middle school humor. Some of us are not.

Cogs
ksig25
ksig25
12/5/2012 | 2:22:49 AM
re: Keynote Curse Strikes Again
That was not too big of a deal....just a little humor. Slightly low-brow, but not worth getting all huffy about. Besides, some of us love low-brow humor!!

As for Princess Diana, didn't you read the "World News" at the grocery store check-out line last week? She is alive, in hiding, and pregnant...plotting to steal the throne away her treacherous husband and kids!! lol

ksig25
SonnyBono
SonnyBono
12/5/2012 | 2:22:49 AM
re: Keynote Curse Strikes Again
So, the link for 'skiing accident' shows a picture of Sonny Bono, who was killed in a skiing accident. I suppose if someone is late for a conference appearance due to a car accident, you'll have a link to a pic of Princess Diana?

Some of us are beyond middle school humor. Some of us are not.

Cogs
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Come on dude. Lighten up
CogswellCogs
CogswellCogs
12/5/2012 | 2:22:47 AM
re: Keynote Curse Strikes Again
I hope the two of you can find such 'humor' when it involves the death of a family member or friend. It's pathetic. Not surprising, ksig25, but pathetic nonetheless.

Cogs
longhair
longhair
12/5/2012 | 2:22:43 AM
re: Keynote Curse Strikes Again
Why doesn't KK deliver his keynote from the Bay Area -- via optical transmission of course? Squirreliness of the handling of this may have accounted for some of the weakness in JDSU today.

Longhair, optical investor

Long JDSU
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