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Colin Bickler and Gerry Ratzin

I am sorry that I have no anecdotes about Colin Bickler, I just remember him as someone who was kind, helpful and laid back when I joined Reuters in 1970. All in all, a very positive and jolly memory. As for Gerry Ratzin, much later in my time, he told me discreetly that someone on my very good team was ill considered in London. Registering my surprise, Gerry more or less dictated the letter I should write to get said person out of trouble. I wrote the letter and (I think) the tactic worked. ■