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					The Year 2005 has become past history as quickly as all the others and puts upon us the usual year end opportunity
to reminisce about its meaning. We tell stories here about the two of us without attempting to report news about
friends and family.

Susanne‟s growth in creating new paintings, with all that “growth” implies, has been a key aspect of our year. She
continues to be guided by the choice made several years ago to „do abstract paintings‟ and another choice made two
years ago to paint with acrylics on canvas, the latter a move to larger paintings. Paul has supported the change to
larger paintings by building stretchers (wooden frames on which the canvas is stretched), making “getting a
stretcher” less demanding (fewer trips across town to the art supply store) and giving her important flexibility (in
size of frame). A fellow artist at her artists‟ cooperative, Parklane Gallery, referred to Susanne a client wanting an
abstract painting. The client commissioned a painting for the client‟s living room, three 17 x 51 inch canvases that,
when hung, made a triptych about 53 x 51 inches. The commission was delivered in mid July. Meantime two of
Susanne‟s watercolors, also abstracts, were accepted at the Rental and Sales Gallery at the Seattle Art Museum,
certainly one of the places where the art-cognoscenti go to buy art in this region. Susanne has been pleased that one
of those paintings has been out on rent nearly all of the time it has been in inventory at the Rental and Sales Gallery.
To be represented at the Rental and Sales Gallery is recognition she appreciates. Susanne‟s visit to The Living
Gallery in Ashland OR in May resulted in a contract to display art there beginning just a few weeks ago, a contract
that runs into the new year and a very nice step since Ashland, with its Oregon Shakespeare Festival, sees high
tourist traffic through a major part of the calendar year. Susanne continues to serve as vice president at the Parklane
Gallery in Kirkland WA with its wonderful mixture of demands on its members … that newly created art be hung
each month, that artists cooperate to accomplish the staffing and other business aspects of that gallery, that a
network of interpersonal relationships with artists in this region be constantly under construction, that email
communication be tended daily. Recognition that Susanne cherishes arrived with having been juried into the
Women Painters of Washington (WPW). That organization was founded in 1930 when – what else – the
organization recognizing men painters in Washington did not admit women artists and the ladies decided they could
do their own work at recognizing career creativity and productivity in art. Susanne‟s election to WPW prompted us
to attend the 75th anniversary retrospective for the WPW presented in Bellingham WA where the quality of the work
sampled from the organization‟s seven plus decades was impressive, complete with catalogue. Meantime, a painting
of Susanne‟s was displayed in the WPW annual member‟s juried show in Bellevue WA in October, an invitation
extended to each new member, and several pieces of her work have been on display in a gallery in the Bank of
America building in Seattle WA, along with about 130 other works by WPW artists, October 2005 through January
2006. In May each year the Museum of Northwest Art (MONA) in LaConnor WA holds its annual art auction.
Many artists from around the region each submit a piece of art. Susanne has entered a piece for several years
running. Most of the pieces accepted are hung on the Museum‟s walls where they are offered for sale in a silent
auction. Susanne‟s work has been sold from the silent auction in the past. Not all works are sold. This year
Susanne‟s work was set aside by the show‟s curators and auctioneer for the evening‟s live auction where it was sold
at a price higher than the price she had suggested. Susanne missed attending the live auction this year and was
surprised and pleased to learn from her artist friends that her work had been sold in the live auction at MONA. One
late afternoon mid December Susanne came upstairs from her studio limping a bit after having spent a good portion
of the morning on her knees stretching canvas on three new stretchers, then painting the canvas with white gesso in
preparation for the next triptych of three pieces 17 x 51 inches.

As you can imagine, art requires inspiration, usually new things to view. Visiting the annual show of the North
West Watercolor Society in Seattle this year without having been deeply involved in its assembly-production, as for
several years recently past, had some elements of a vacation. Along with continued monitoring of art in the Seattle
Art Museum and galleries and art shows in this region, we visited galleries in Ketchum ID (Sun Valley) and in
Coeur d‟Alene ID in September as well as the Cantor Museum on Stanford University‟s campus in November.

Paul professes to being retired, and he is, but he is still drawn to science, the behavioral sciences, and the ongoing
daily affairs of business and community life. He draws stimulation and energy from periodic meetings with
colleagues in industrial-organizational psychology and in statistics, both holding periodic meetings and the former
having a reading group that reads professionally-relevant materials and meets nine times a year for discussion of
those readings. Paul‟s reading and reviewing of nonfiction remains a driving activity in his life, the list of books
reviewed over the last several years now exceed 180. You can find both his book reviews and his technical
(professional) papers on his website at , this annual letter also to be found among recent-
years‟ annual letters and the “technical papers.” Achieving publication of a piece in a professional journal, a

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managerial journal, or the newspaper, or leading a change in practice or in behavior, remain as difficult as they
always have been. People seem to assert their right to not change ideas absorbed from our culture – whether or not
those ideas are valid – and not change practices they have learned. In January the American Psychologist rejected a
pair of papers Paul proposed for publication in that journal. One (“No one‟s looking”) was rejected without
reviewing it. The other (“The current status of peer review of scientific work”) was read by five reviewers, all
deciding to reject. The reviewers‟ evaluations can be found appended to the paper on Paul‟s website. Read the
paper and those comments if you want to see the state of peer review in the sciences. Avoid misleading yourself
into thinking that what you see is true for psychology but not true for physics or chemistry or medicine or geology.
Peer review is the same throughout science (and industry – see “No one‟s looking”) and fails even the elementary
test that two competent reviewers reach the same conclusion at respectable rates of agreement (despite the
uniformity of reviewers‟ decisions shown in this instance – uniformity probably produced by the paper‟s unwanted
findings). In an effort to illustrate the kinds of aids to recording judgments that are needed for describing job
performance, Paul posted on his website, in January, his “Science Manuscript Reviewer‟s Questionnaire” and his
“Job Performance Description … a questionnaire,” works authored in the 1990s. The availability of those
documents for nearly a year now on his website, a public place, has attracted few visits to those files and no chatter
among professional peers known to Paul. Even in science, scientists – who are very bright – learn very, very slowly.

In another effort altogether, Paul was involved in a communications committee for our neighborhood as it prepared
to relay injury and property damage information to a city disaster-response-coordination center. His efforts to lead
the committee into seeing that its communications tasks were, at that point in time, poorly understood, poorly
thought through, won him ejection from the committee. This community effort, under leadership from town
government, chooses to operate in a from-the-top-down, the boss-knows-best, organizational style despite the
prominent displays that organizations don‟t work well using that approach, particularly on the occasion of a disaster.
You‟ll find Paul‟s papers on “Community, communication, and their relationship,” written as the neighborhood
committee began its work, and “Seven lessons from Indonesia, Louisiana, Texas, and Kashmir,” written as
Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and the earthquake in Kashmir had just presented for the world to see the
inadequate responses to disaster accomplished by hierarchically-directed efforts.

Thus Paul‟s interest in the sciences and the management of human affairs continues and, at this time, reading
remains a core activity in his life. His understanding of the meaning of those readings continues to prompt insights
he is not able to share with his fellows … not by publishing on a website, not by meeting with fellow professionals,
not by submitting papers for publication, and not by maintaining warm friendships with many folks.
Communicating is no easy accomplishment.

We visited the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow ID in February for a few days, accompanied during this
visit by granddaughter Elaine Hruby, then aged 14. The joy of this visit was as much being with our friends the
Aegerters, and with their friends, as it was experiencing with Elaine the outstanding jazz music produced by jazz
musicians from around the continent. Elaine was entranced by the master workshops led by world-class musicians.
Partly as a consequence of this visit, beginning in the Fall of 2005, Elaine began arriving at her school at 0700
(school normally begins at 0800) in order to rehearse with her school‟s jazz band as well as playing the tenor
saxophone and its solo parts rather than the flute and classical solo and sonata compositions she ordinarily has been
playing. We learned a few days ago that Elaine has a difficult choice to make in February 2006. She has already
won a place in both the all-region‟s choir and in the all-region‟s jazz band and, since these two groups meet and
perform at the same time next February, she will have to choose one group or the other for her multi-day rehearsal-
performing opportunity with student musicians from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. And
Elaine‟s school‟s jazz band, with Elaine participating, will be one of the bands entering the 2006 Lionel Hampton
Jazz Festival.

Susanne‟s brother (Hans Uwe Werner, known to us as Tuffy) and sister-in-law (Gudrun Werner) visited us for two
weeks in June, traveling to Seattle from their home in Rendsburg, Germany. Far from the first visit to the United
States by this globe-trotting pair, it was their first visit to the Pacific Northwest. We had been encouraging their
visit for some time, 1 December 2005 being the seventh anniversary for life in our house in Bellevue WA. We
planned their visit to be a whirlwind of activities. It eventually covered 2,500 miles in interstate auto travel not to
mention the miles traveled from home to local sights. We visited the Big Sur south of Carmel CA as our
southernmost point, the North Cascade Highway from Winthrop WA to LaConnor WA as our northernmost points,
and places like the Golden Gate bridge, Sequoia National Park, Mt. St. Helens National Park, the Columbia River

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gorge, and our kids‟ place in Los Altos CA in between. We learned, to our dismay, that Gudrun – most comfortable
in the flat landscapes of her Schleswig Holstein homeland of northern Germany – experienced fear during our
mountain driving, a fear she carefully kept from us until driving west into Washington Pass in the North Cascades
caused her to remain in the car rather than get out and view “the Alps of the U.S.” Their visit is recorded in 217
slides from Paul‟s camera that they have yet to see.

Susanne and Paul shared a weekend in September in Ashland OR with Toni and Sarka Hruby, co-grandparents with
us to our Hruby granddaughters. Throughout the academic year we share theater-going at the University of
Washington with the senior Hrubys, an evening that begins with dinner at the Hruby‟s house (since they live not far
from campus) and continues through the play and our discussion of the play during intermission and in the car on
the way home. They planned three days of theatergoing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland OR to see
two plays by Shakespeare and a play by Marlowe. At the Hruby‟s suggestion, we joined them for a lovely weekend
in Ashland.

In May Paul traveled without Susanne (she was traveling to Ashland OR to visit art galleries) to his 55 th college
reunion at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware OH. He enjoyed time with his classmates and then with our kids
and grandsons, the Mathes family, in Columbus OH, where Paul watched soccer practice, baseball practice, and
Peter Mathes‟ feeding of a lamb on a farm.

September travel took us to Ketchum ID to visit art galleries, then north through the upper Salmon River valley
where a forest fire was in progress, and finally into western Montana for several days at Glacier National Park. We
made a trip from West Glacier up the Highway to the Sun to Logan Pass where we hiked a bit at about 7,000 feet
elevation on the day before snow closed the pass for the season. Next day, with the snow line down to 4,000 feet
elevation and rain below that, we drove alongside the Great Northern‟s railroad route around the Park‟s southern
boundary and visited the Lodge at East Glacier. Paul later read a history of the National Park Service which you can
find reviewed on his website under the author‟s name, Sellars. Thanksgiving holiday, just completed, found us
traveling by car to California again to be with our kids, the Kaacks, then sneaking home over the high passes along
highway Interstate 5 at 4,400 feet both just behind, and just ahead of, snow that could have seriously rearranged our

Paul continues to travel monthly to meetings of the Puget Sound Silent Fliers (PSSF) in Olympia WA. The
modelers in that club, now about 55 members, up from 20 members seven years ago, fly electric powered, radio
controlled model airplanes. Paul has half a dozen models “under consideration” for construction and flying, “pure
dreams and nothing more” according to Susanne and the PSSF club members. The PSSF modelers are extraordinary
folks, the kind one cherishes as friends, and their performance with their models is outstanding … surely ranking
among the nation‟s best. Paul contributes a bit to club activities by taking slides of the group‟s activities. His paper
on “Sizing electric power for your model airplane,” written in 2001 and still available on his website, continues to
have the highest visit count of any other document on Paul‟s website (although, over four years, 250 visits is not
many visits). “Behavioral scientist most often visited for his contribution to power system design for model
airplanes” … an observation with uncertain personal, social, and economic meaning.

Photography captures attention from both Paul and Susanne. Paul‟s Nikon F5, shooting film, draws many friendly
roasts from digital camera users. Use of digital imaging is a technological changeup that is putting filmmakers like
Polaroid and Eastman Kodak out of business or into serious jeopardy. While the buzz now is all about digital
cameras, Paul‟s F5 is the finest camera he‟s ever had the pleasure of using. It enables the capture of entrancing
photos at a high success rate. Paul shoots to tell a story, not to get one shot in a thousand that, when printed, will
win a photo contest. So he expects, and gets, eighty to ninety percent of his pictures that „pass (his own) inspection‟
… a lower success rate for model airplanes in flight since they are a difficult subject. The photos are well composed
and, technically, are respectable-to-very-fine thanks to the outstanding technology of the Nikon F5. Susanne‟s
Canon PowerShot A75 allows her to get digital photos of her artwork and upload them to her personal computer
where their eventual destination is her own website showing her art, the website to be established “soon.”
Marketing art necessarily is as much the compulsion of the artist as is marketing services for the consultant.
Meantime you can see small samples of Susanne‟s paintings under her professional name, Susanne Werner, at .

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On 18 November Paul‟s computer decided to stop working because of what he guesses to be a software problem.
This letter was written at Susanne‟s computer and completed by 5 December. But with Paul‟s computer out of
service and Susanne unwilling to allow Paul to use any of the “DOS (Disk Operating System) stuff” on her machine,
there was no way to post this letter on his website and announce it to you. Paul had already been shopping for a new
computer, intending to buy in January 2006. But with the old computer gone, the pressure was on. After
„agonizing‟ over the choices, Paul decided to buy from Fry‟s Electronics in nearby Renton WA. This meant that he
walked up and down the aisles, said to the salesman “I‟ll take that enclosure, that central processing unit, that
motherboard, that video board, that optical drive, those hard disks, that floppy drive, …” It was rather like walking
through an automobile plant and saying “I‟ll take those wheels, those brakes, that engine, that drive train, that
suspension, that body, …” In short, it was an experience most folks don‟t have. But he had the temerity to do it.
Now, as he writes this paragraph on 20 December, his new computer – assembled by Fry‟s, software installed on the
machine by Paul – is supplying the go-power. Several friends provided crucially-needed advice, one in particular
suppling daily oversight and encouragement. Paul is connected once again to the internet, can update his website,
has spent a day typing his address book (again … the old computer would not give up what it knew without certain
attentions that he was not willing to provide at this time), and Paul now can post this letter on the website for you to
read. With this paragraph, you have the very latest news.

We‟re in good health. We continue to wonder how we ever had time to work. We‟re blessed with friends and
family whose presence makes our lives go „round.

5 December 2005, updated 20 December 2005

Paul F. Ross and Susanne A. Werner-Ross                              5719 137th Place SE, Bellevue WA 98006-4245 USA
Family phone at home: 425 373 9681                                      Susanne‟s business phone at home: 425 644 8295
Paul‟s email:                                      Susanne‟s email:

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