from the desk of Senior Editor Jean Kumagai:
Glenn DeWeese is dead. And the world is the worse for it.
I never met the man, never even knew he existed until I stumbled
across a story just now in The Oklahoman. But
to judge by his accomplishments, he was a man of both action and
For the last four years, up until his sudden and untimely death this
weekend, DeWeese had led a nonprofit group in Tulsa called PC
Power, which refurbishes recent-model personal computers and
distributes them, free, to kids at risk.
According to the story, DeWeese, a retired police officer, had been
inspired to found PC Power while helping his grandson with a homework
assignment that involved an Internet search:
"Long after the simple search was finished, and the homework was
done, the assignment continued to bother DeWeese. He had a computer
and knew enough about computers to help his grandson. But what about
those families who couldn't afford a family computer? How did those
children do their homework assignment?"
Rather than just feel bad and then move on with his life, DeWeese
decided to start rebuilding computers, which were then distributed at
Christmas time with the help of the Tulsa Police Department.
According to the story, PC Power has announced that despite DeWeese's
absence, this year's distribution of 85 computers--the fifth such
drive--will go forward and the group's efforts will continue.
So did DeWeese really help those families in need? In the online
comments, a reader notes, rather dismissively, that "A PC without an
Internet connection is like trying to enter a library that has locked
its doors for the night." But another commenter responds: "maybe you
could turn on internet for a dozen of his kids...it is a step in the
That's the spirit. DeWeese did the hard thing: he backed up his good
intentions with good deeds. And in doing so, he showed us a way of