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The unmodified version of the photograph on the original (1997-03-21) home page of this website was purchased from Corel (http://commerce.corel.ca/).

The photo of Erik on the 2008-06-06 version of this website was taken on 2007-09-29 by a stranger at Fenway Park in Boston. The unedited version shows Erik and his son, who is holding a baseball that he got while attending his first Red Sox game. The game was win number 96 for the Red Sox, which gave them home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Red Sox later won the 2007 World Series, their second championship in four years.

The avatars of Erik Heels on the 2012-12-12 version of this website are derivative works of a photo taken by Sonja Heels on 2011-05-06.


“Common sense is not that common.”
     – Mark Twain

“It doesn’t take all types, there just are all types.”
     – Thomas L. Bohan Winston Churchill

LAST UPDATED: 2016-09-11