OFC Curse Continues, Sort Of

ANAHEIM, Calif. – OFC/NFOEC 2005 – For the third year running, a speaker at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) was sidelined due to a medical condition.

Bill Diamond, president of Neptec Optical Solutions Inc., took over a pre-OFC panel yesterday, saying he was there "because Drew Lanza has a screw loose."

Diamond was speaking the literal truth. Lanza, a partner with venture firm Morgenthaler, has a plate in his ankle, and a screw in the plate had loosened, requiring emergency surgery. "It looked like a hardware store in the x-ray. It was scary," Diamond said.

Lanza was therefore unavailable to moderate the "State of the Industry" panel, a highlight of the annual Optical Society of America's Executive Forum held the day before OFC (see Components Competition Is Killing).

It's the third year in a row a prominent speaker has been scratched for medical reasons. Sean Maloney of Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) was hospitalized prior to a keynote. And last year, doctors ordered JDS Uniphase Corp.'s (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU) newly minted CEO, Kevin Kennedy, to stay home, a decision possibly related to the heavy travel schedule he'd incurred in the months preceding the conference. (See OFC Keynoter Lands on DL and Keynote Curse Strikes Again.)

Lanza was a pre-OFC speaker, but Maloney and Kennedy were scheduled to talk during the conference. One wonders, then, if the curse will be satisfied by Lanza's mishap. Perhaps today's keynoters -- Donald Keck of Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW) and Hiromichi Shinohara of NTT Communications Corp. -- should watch their step.

By day's end yesterday, word had it that Lanza's surgery had gone well. Light Reading wishes him a speedy recovery.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:24:15 AM
re: OFC Curse Continues, Sort Of
Loc-tite - for Drew Lanza....

Feel Better....

Drew Lanza 12/5/2012 | 3:23:47 AM
re: OFC Curse Continues, Sort Of Seven:

Thanks for the kind words!

I finally got up out of bed. Have to keep the ankle up to keep the swelling down. The 8 little screws and small titanium plate make a great souvenir!

I think this is only the second or third OFC I've missed in 20 or so years. Mostly I missed them because my kids were being born. And now they're almost college age.

I did manage to phone in my Market Watch appearance at OFC on Wednesday.

Gotta keep reading to find out what I missed...

whyiswhy 12/5/2012 | 3:23:46 AM
re: OFC Curse Continues, Sort Of Drew:

Did you get screwed again????


Get betta'. Still owe you a beer and steak at Birks. Haven't forgotten...well, at least the long term neurons still work.

Drew Lanza 12/5/2012 | 3:23:44 AM
re: OFC Curse Continues, Sort Of No, thank the lord, only unscrewed! The screws have been in there for 11 years. It was just time for them to come out.

I should be fully functional in a couple of months. A beer and a steak at Brik's on a warm spring evening would be just the ticket!

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