Archive for August, 2007

Finding bugs

Peter worked in QA (Quality Assurance–finding bugs in software) for a while in the mid- to late-’80s. He always said that he had a talent for finding bugs. I think it was while he was working for Mead, testing LexisNexis, that he told us about one of his bug-finding techniques: lift both hands in the […]


Various of my friends have had babies in the past few years, which has given me plenty of opportunities to remember something Peter used to say when we were kids: “Milk is the perfect food–for a baby cow.”


One night when I was a kid, I couldn’t get to sleep. I had a songbook of folksongs, one of which was “Jesse James.” There’s a line in that song that goes “The devil will be upon his knee.” And I don’t know what got into me, but that line kept running through my head. […]

How should I begin?

This is a blog about my father. Peter Hartman was killed in March, 2005. For a couple of years now, I’ve been thinking about starting a blog where I and other family members could post little tidbits–memories, anecdotes, jokes Peter told us, observations he made. A lot of my memories of Peter are good ones, […]