From: Cloud9prty@aol.com Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 10:38:28 EST Subject: Rhonda Azeka's lecture To: firstname.lastname@example.org I was surprised recently, to read about a lecture event by Rhonda Azeka that took place yesterday, in which the promo stated that she was the producer of IBAC's beach party last year. For those of you who attended this lecture, I hope you learned alot, but I feel a need to enlighten a bit. There is a vast difference between being the designer and being a staff menber walking around checking on decor progress, and covering technical aspects. I applaude rhonda for a job well done with regard to this area. Unfortunately, this is what the scope of her task at that party was, and not beyond that. The designers of that party, and it was a magnificent one, were Ron Cohen and Allen Simmons from "Themes and Dreams" party decor. They are located on Long Island, and if you have seen the current "Images" magazine, you will realize the size of the task, and how successfully they pulled it off. I am aware of this information because i was the project leader of all non-round balloon decor. This included building a full scale volleyball net as well as a full size balloon woven beack towel for the buffet table. I do hope Rhonda took the time to teach these techniques to you as well, though I doubt it since no time was spent working with me ijn the area of balloon weaving. Again, with regard to supervising and product distribution, Rhonda did her job well. But do not mistake being a staff member for the producing company as a role whereby this person designed or constructed the actual creations. To those of you who may have been misled into believing her role was one of design or construction, I am sorry to be the one to have to enlighten you. If you did learn from her lecture that's wonderful. I only wish she was a part of the team that designed (Ron Cohen and Allen Simmons of "Themes and Dreams" sat up for endless nights creating that party) or even constructed (I do not know the names of you, but you know who you are, and you know if it wasn't for you we would ALL look bad) so that she would have been able to teach you more. Jimmy Leo - CLoud 9 Balloons Long Island NY if you attended the lecture, please e mail me, I am curious what she taught and if it involved anything with regard to balloon thatching or balloon weaving. Thank you. If interested in seeing the photo of the full scale interactive volleyball net, please e mail me. I will be happy to send it to you.