By Kiyoshi Hamai
For years there have been to major combatants
on the Lotus internet mailing list. These two chaps have argued about the
abilities and attributes of the M100 Elan versus the original Elan. Representing
the M100 camp has been Dallas Texas based Steve Brightman and representing
the Type 26 Elan camp has been Southern California based Rod Bean.
This friendly sparring has often been humorous,
serious and interesting. There have been supporters of both who have joined
in support of one or the other side. Even over cyberspace the two had become
friendly rivals, but never had their paths crossed being some 1800 miles
apart. Finally, in October 1997, by simple coincidence Rod's work brought
him to the Silicon Valley (Santa Clara, California) and simultaneously,
Steve's job brought him to San Jose, California. I learned of their travels
independently and decided that this opportunity could not go by without
the two FINALLY meeting! Would it be a clash and end up in fists? Or would
they go face to face throwing insults at each other? Orů There was certain
danger in my plan to bring them together. I knew I couldn't do it alone!!!
So, I arranged for reinforcements, other Lotus Listers and members of the
Golden Gate Lotus Club were invited and joined me in what would be a night
to rememberů but pleasant memories???
So, here are some photos from that fun evening! These photos tell the
story, there's too many smiles in them to even suggest that this rivalry
is anything but friendly and in good fun!