Dr. Charles Seiter, 58, was a
hand for way longer than I’ve been a reader of or an editor at this magazine. While I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person (he lived in Sonora, California), I did work with him a number of times on product reviews of software that was of interest mainly to the technical whizbrains of the Mac community.
writer and contributing editor for some 20 years, Seiter specialized in scientific, mathematical, CAD, and statistical programs. As a publication, we like to keep that group of our readership happy, and whenever one of those complex programs that I could not begin to fathom was released, I always knew the right guy for the job.
But Charles wasn’t esoterically left-brained. He also wrote books like
Everyday Math For Dummies
The Internet for Macs for Dummies, and co-authored
a slew of books
on money management, Excel, and the Web. And he was a former
champion—which placed him squarely inside the popular culture.
Charles was a fine writer, a great guy to deal with, and knew his stuff inside out. I was very sad to hear of his passing just a day before Macworld Expo began. He was a gracious gentleman and a scholar, and I will miss him.
Here are links to some of Charles’ reviews for
over the years. You can find a complete list of his