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Andy Leonard is an author and engineer who enjoys building and automating data integration solutions. Andy is co-host of the Data Driven podcast. Andy is no longer updating this blog. His current blog is

SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Release Surprise


I've been blogging about SQL Server MVP Deep Dives (Manning Publications, 2009) recently:

This is another in that series...

PASS Summit 2009 Release Party

Since a lot of the authors attended the PASS Summit 2009, there was a release book signing. There was a long line of attendees with books for the authors in attendance to sign. There were also books being passed down the line for authors to sign. Some were for charity, some for authors, and some for others, like this one:

(Thanks Aaron Nelson, aka @SqlVariant, for taking this pic!) In addition to this copy for Bill Gates, there were copies for Bill Baker and Steve Ballmer.

It was pretty cool to sign a book for these folks. I wish I'd thought of something more clever to say when signing the copies for Mr. Baker and Mr. Gates. I signed Mr. Ballmer's copy "Executives! Executives! Executives!" I figure either he'll find it humorous or you'll be reading about "former MVP Andy Leonard" sometime in the future...

Other Pics

Several others posted images of the release signing online, including:

:{> Andy

Published Monday, December 7, 2009 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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Paul Nielsen said:

The copy to Bill Gates was sent to Bill via his foundation. The other copies were sent via Microsoft internal mail. I'm still without an address for Bill Baker (if you know his address email me:

December 8, 2009 5:53 PM

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