Terence R. Slywka
02-26-1993, 03:55 PM
From: PRISM::TSLYWKA "Terence R. Slywka" 27-FEB-1993 00:54:09.87

I am putting together a database of people who would be interested in
contacting people in other countries (or their own for that matter). What I
am doing would work in two ways. First, if someone wanted to contact
a person with similar interests anywhere in the world to find out more about
the people and culture of the area I would send them the name and address
of someone who meets their search criteria. For lack of a better comparison,
this could be described as a 'pen-pal' of sorts. Second, people could
contact me (e-mail, mail, phone) to search for specific people -- someone
that has knowledge, interest or background they are looking for. For example
a dentist might be interested in talking to a dentist in Dijon about their
technique, a police officer from Detroit could contact one in Leningrad,
a student working on a research paper about life in China could contact
someone living there, any people interested in the US could contact others
here. The possiblities are endless.

A couple things, the database could be accessed only by people who are members,
who have sent in the appropriate info as requested on a questionnaire. The
idea is to get the 'regular' citizens of the countries together - housewives,
doctors, laywers, students, construction workers, educators, anyone and
everyone. Most of the dbase members may not have access to a computer
network or a computer for that matter.

I am looking for two things at the current time. First, people living in
foreign countries who may know of others who would be interested in this
idea (being member of the database). As I said I am looking for anyone
anywhere to participate - friends, co-workers, family members, etc. I am
hoping that people who get this message by e-mail will know large networks
of people who might be interested. Second, I am looking for individuals in
the US and abroad to participate.

This idea is a new one and all the details are not yet worked out. I am
compiling a list of interested people who will be sent the information
and questionnaire when they are finished.

If you are interested please notify me and tell others about the idea. If
an interested party doesn't have access to a computer I mail the information
to them.

This program is for people who want to communicate with those in other
countries. By being part of the database member could contact you with
questions you might think are trivial - or peoplw wanting to know as much
as possible as a specific subject, you or your country. I hope everyone
will be interested. Please send e-mail to me directly at:


Thank you

Terence Slywka

PS Just let me know you might be interested in this and I will put your name
on the list to get specific info in 1-2 weeks.