Supercomm Attendees Get Unstrung

ATLANTA -- Supercomm -- On Tuesday, June 4, the second day of Supercomm 2002, Light Reading held a launch party for its newest editorial endeavor, Unstrung, which covers the wireless world like no other publication can (see Unstrung – Unleashed). Folks from throughout the communications industry joined the Unstrung/Light Reading family for beer and nosh on the jam-packed upper floor of the Gordon Biersch Brewery in midtown Atlanta.

First, let's get one thing clear: Now more than ever, we realize that some good, hardworking people are genuinely worried about their companies -- indeed, their livelihoods. It was time to let loose.

Tuesday night afforded an opportunity for attendees to see another side of Light Reading's staff -- rather than the hard-nosed journalists that everybody seems to fear are focused on the latest optical networking catastrophe. Quite frankly, the new side felt pretty good. Of course, we were pretty sloshed at the time, so we would have felt fine regardless.

Anyway, as is usually the case at these affairs, food was eaten, fortunes were won and lost at the pool table, and healthy amounts of barley and hops were consumed. Everyone involved had a very nice time, according to information obtained from local police reports.

And, of course, a Light Reading party wouldn't be complete without some sort of editorial documentation of the night's proceedings. What follows is a collection of photographs taken at the party. Think of it as our way of saying thanks for making Unstrung's launch a huge success. Finally, for those of you who find these little photo essays to be a painful read, we can only say we sincerely hope that while you were at the party you were at least able to have as much fun at our expense as we're about to have at yours.

And now, the photos!

— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading
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bigdaddy 12/4/2012 | 10:17:42 PM
re: Supercomm Attendees Get Unstrung Great job Phil. I must say I like the "OFC pictures" ending much better than this one. Paul goosing Sharlene is much better than Dan "the angry drunken editor" Jones. Speaking of Sharlene, no pictures this time?

I don't care what anyone else say you guys (almost) always hit the nail on the head. Now, how is it you know about Cheetahs? Are you guys covertly working on a subscription web site? :-)>


scooby 12/4/2012 | 10:17:15 PM
re: Supercomm Attendees Get Unstrung to congratulate... myself.

Nicely played. While Supercomm attendance plunges, layoffs continue, earnings warnings are reiterated, and the industry lies in flaming ruins, you guys manage to provide someplace fun for Nero to fiddle.

Titanic Optics 12/4/2012 | 10:17:10 PM
re: Supercomm Attendees Get Unstrung >>...and the industry lies in flaming ruins, you guys manage to provide someplace fun for Nero to fiddle.<<

I enjoyed the article. I'm pretty miserable, and am hangning on to my job in a city that I only recently relocated to. I've thought about quitting and moving to a back to where I came from and taking a low-end job anywhere.

What keeps me hanging on now is the fun of the communications industry--new technology developments down the road, but most of all, the people that I've worked with and met over the years that I get to have a beer with at industry functions. Let the hangers on from the bubble be gone, some of us still like the industry, and the article was a good reminder of the good times.

Keep up the good work LR.

BLM 12/4/2012 | 10:16:00 PM
re: Supercomm Attendees Get Unstrung With all the gloom that's been hanging over this industry, it's refreshing to sometimes laugh at ourselves ... show some irreverence ... and just have some fun.

Life goes on, change is constant, and eventually things will turn around. In the meantime, I rather enjoy the jabs LightReading takes at all of us. When our sense of humor is finally gone, it's time to move on.

It's refreshing to see the occasional light-hearted jabs from Phil, Peter, Stephen & company. Maybe there should be a link for the site called "LightenUp"?

Carry on LightReading.

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