One place in the sunroom which is filled with sunlight. The mother, Loretta, used to be a graphics designer and decorated the interior with her taste.  
 


“This area in Connecticut will be covered with flowering Dogwood trees in the upcoming month”, Robert said. He is only 23 years old and is a well-satisfied SAAB owner, although it is better to say that he is a person who loves his SAAB. He is crazy about SAAB. When he was 17 he was exposed to SAAB. This was at the same time he received his driver's license.

"When I was at boarding school one of my friends was a car fanatic. He always praised SAABs. Coincidentally my mother's friend, who is a car dealer, had a 1988 SAAB 9000S for sale. I didn't have to think about it twice. This car was a money pit; it was cheap, but as a general rule, that meant it was in bad condition, so I cried over the repair bills. They charged $70.00 per hour and it was hard to get parts".

However, he is not the type of person to give up. His next car was also a SAAB. Based on his experience, he started a website that provided information on where to get parts and how to buy and sell SAABs. If I were to explain it in Japanese terms, he has the personality-type of someone who never falls down and gets up empty-handed. That personality is also reflected in his private life. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph system) just before he graduated from high school. He entered Yale University, but gave up because his energy was depleted by his medical treatment. When he was 18 years old he founded his own company based on his experience as a network engineer, which he did part time since he was 15 years old. His office is in his basement which he shares with his father's tools and his mother's household appliances and he is the sole employee.

"I can work at my own pace and rhythm and because I have been playing with computers since I was 11 years old, and they are very logical, I don't feel any stress". He is facing his illness in his own way.

At the end of last year he started a web company with a friend who is a medical student. This site is aimed at teenagers and provides accurate information and guidance about health and physical conditions. Listening to him, I am inspired by Robert, who never gives up.

I got in his car and he offered to show me the Connecticut shoreline. " The 9000 model has been around for many years and its legacy borrows from aircraft technology, which gives me a warm feeling. Oh, wait, this warmth (that I am talking about) is different than the seat heater’s warmth".

 
 

Occupation: Computer Consultant, Compucore Data Systems CEO • Web name “Prof. Steven Falken” • Age: 23, Living with parents in Easton, Connecticut • SAAB owning history: 1988 SAAB 9000 S and 1998 SAAB 9000 CSE Turbo, which can be seen on his website if you click the contents gallery.

 



The car filled with laughter and a warm atmosphere. "Please look at my favorite view", Robert said about the Long Island Sound, which was covered in spring colors when we arrived there. Oh, what a wonderful sound! What a warm person Robert is! When I returned to Japan I immediately logged onto http://www.saab.net. The news that Robert was interviewed by reporters from Japan was added to the site. So I responded with an e-mail. " Hi! How is the SAAB and Robert doing?"

   
 

His clients are small business owners in Connecticut and general computer users. He is easygoing, so his reputation is very good and his clients are rapidly increasing. He inherited his independant business spirit from his father, who owns his own company. One of the reasons he is favored among his clients is because of his open-mindedness.