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Fritz Jörn 1997 Dipl.-Ing.
Fritz H. Jörn

Bonn, Germany (Spell “Joern” if you miss the umlaut ö [Alt148]. Want to hear me?Grüß Gott im Internet!)

Fritz H. Joern (i.e. Jörn, say “yearn”), born November 30, 1941, in Brno (Brünn), Moravia, which today is in the Czech Republic. I’m Austrian and German with an international education. I started school in Bozen (Bolzanonot the mathematician), capital of the mostly German-speaking Dolomite area in Northern Italy – called South Tyrol by the Germans and Alto Adige by the Italians. We still have a farm there today, perched atop a moraine at 925 meters (over 3000 feet) overlooking the Sarentino valley (Sarntal). Later, I went to a boarding school in Marquartstein, Southern Bavaria. For one term I was at Bradfield College, Berkshire. In July 1961, I finished school and my final exams, the “Abitur”. I then studied electrical engineering at Stuttgart and Berlin, even before the wall, and graduated as a “Diplomingenieur” in December 1968. In October 1969, I received the Italian accreditation, “Dottore Ingeniere” from the Politecnico di Milano, though I don’t use this title. I’m married and I have three children.

From March 1969 to September 1980, I worked at Hewlett-Packard in various international assignments, from computer systems analysis, managing research and development, to doing marketing, in Frankfurt, Geneva, Milan, Cupertino – a great time, good friends and a brand new HP3000. In October 1980, I switched to Tandem Computers (today Hewlett-Packard as well), where I did marketing and PR in Germany until February 1992. Unforgettable the marketing management seminar in September 1985 at Insead, Fontainebleau, also the days in the jury of the industrial design competitions at the if, the Industrie Forum Design Hannover 1989 and 1992, and 1991 at the Design Center Northrhine Westfalia, formerly Haus Industrieform Essen (today “reddot”) in Essen. Many years I was a member of the ACM. Beginning 1992 my love of writing helped me to work as a freelance journalist, consultant and marketeer. I was in fact director of corporate communications at Software AG in Darmstadt, one of Germany’s large independent software houses, until March 1997. Then I returned to a full-time job at Stuttgart as VP of communication and PR at Debis Systemhaus (now T-Systems) with a fabulous group of twelve professionals until May of 1999. After moving fully to Bonn I worked part-time until June 2002 for Ericsson in Düsseldorf.
vergrößern – enlarge    As a freelance journalist specialited in technology, I write in German, mostly about telephones, communication, computers, industrial design. My texts appear mainly in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, our leading daily here, which has a weekly supplement on “Technology and Cars” – see list. I like to bring in the facts, with precision and a bit of humo(u)r. A list of my books is in the German part of this page. Drop me a line – I speak good English and Italian, I’m understandable in French and I find my way in Spain and in fact elsewhere in the world.
   You usually find me in Bonn. More about myself, my family and my farm in South Tyrol on my German pages.