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Kobe Jonathan Michael Buraconak
Born January 7, 2003
5 pounds 15 ounces
19 inches (21 days early)


From: "Jason Morsink"
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 18:37:17 -0700
Congratulation Gayle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All the very best to you, your husband, and Kobe Jonathan Michael
Buraconak! (wow, what a lot of syllables!)
Jason Morsink
Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing
ph 403 538 4127 fx 403 538 4100 cell 416 419 3579
3300 450 1st Street SW Calgary AB T2P 5H1

From: Lawrence Dykun
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 15:19:06 -0500
Holy Cow Gayle! You did it and early to boot. Congratulations to
yourself and Vic and Kobe. A new team has been formed. May you happily
add to it.
Hope things are going well. Let's talk in the near future, once you've
had a chance to breathe more easily.

From: "Daniel, Craig "
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 14:15:38 -0500
What a beautiful son!!!
Great seeing you on Sunday and we'll see you on the weekend.

From: MIke Giamprini
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 08:31:56 -0500
He's beautiful!!!!!!
Hope you guys are doing well.

From: Venicia Wood
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 18:11:07 -0500
He's tiny and beautiful!
Some of the best things in life come in the smallest packages!
Take Care

From: "D'Arcy Salzmann"
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 17:17:30 -0600
congratulations... I've been staying apprised of your release schedule
from your great website.
Best from the West.
D'Arcy J. Salzmann
Wireless Industry Manager
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Austin, Texas, 78758
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From: "Vanessa Pinsky"
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 21:44:16 -0500
condrads- he is absolutely gorgeous!! so happy to hear all went well. good luck over the next
couple of months, it will be quite busy. would love to come and see the little one (and mom too!)
when things settle down.
take care-

From: "Laura Penso"
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 16:54:40 -0500
WOWEEEEE!!!!! Congratulations on the birth of your little baby boy!!!
He's absolutely precious!!! I was going to call Deborah today actually to
see if there was any news as I had not heard from you.. but you beat me to
it. Congrats to ya... can't wait to meet him. Let me know when you are up
and about and ready to have some visitors!!! I am away Feb 1 -15th on
vacation (Australia) so may have to be when I am back. Looking forward to
seeing ya Momma Gayle!!! Congrats again.. xoxooxox Laura

From: "jan mackeown"
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 09:50:01 -0500
Wow - is he beautiful or what!?!?!?!? Congrate to both of you. What a wonderful way to start the
new year!
Love Jan
Jan MacKeown
i-link media
416 693-6911

From: "Robert de Korte"
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 13:15:09 -0500
Great picture, what a looker!!!
When Muriel gets back on Sunday we'll try to schedule something with you
and Vic for a visit.
Would like to meet this little person and see you two again.
Robert de Korte
Director, Business Development
Consumer Branding
284 King Street East
Toronto Canada M5A 1K4
Tel 416 366 7100 Ext 252
Fax 416 366 4065

From: Chris Schutt - thirst creative ©
Subject: amazing news.
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 13:17:50 -0800
so happy to hear all is well, can't wait to see pictures of the baby and mom..
wow! so great.
hope to see you when things slow down a bit.
we'll talk soon.

From: "Chris Stern"
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 05:55:50 -0800
way to go team!!!
Can't wait to see the little lump!

From: Keith Turner
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 19:06:00
21 days early? What about your famed project management abilities? You
don't want the client thinking things are too easy!!
Keith Turner
MacDougal & Turner Ltd.
Executive Search Strategies & Solutions
Member: Turner Recruitment Group of Companies Ltd.
4576 Yonge Street, Suite 413
Toronto, Ontario M2N 6N4
Tel: 416-223-8407 ext. 105
Fax: 416-223-8406
Partners in Building Great Management Teams...
Focused on one career at a time

From: Terry Maguire
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 13:32:17 -0500
Congratulations Gayle and Vic, this so cool, welcome Kobe!

From: Hal Newman
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 20:20:41 -0500
I'm in tears, sniff. I just finished reading your Jan 15 entry. There is nothing more amazing in
this world as bringing a new little being into it. You write so well - humorous and touching.
Congratulations!!!! I hope nursing is going well. That too is a special experience if you can get
past the first couple of months which can be touch (or don't touch!) and go. There are usually
quite a few nursing support groups, like La Leche league. Take advantage of them, they can really
save you.
Reading your story makes me relive mine. Here it is, if you have the time: My girls came 6 weeks
early. We had just come home from a musical at Place des Arts - I almost didn't make it up the
stairs and I was thinking "I should have stayed home". Anyway, we got home and I went straight to
bed. Well, not long after I had just drifted off, I felt a warm liquid between my legs. I ran
(more like waddled) to the bathroom and sat on the toilet, and it kept going, I was trying to
convince myself that I was peeing, but it wasn't working. I called for Hal and told him that my
water broke. I just kept repeating "it's not time. It's too early". Hal was so calm. He just kept
saying "it's ok, just sit tight, I'll pack your bag. We'll go to the hospital. Everything will be
fine" . I found out later that he wasn't so calm when I opened my bag looking for a toothbrush
and there were 7 pairs of underwear and a t-shirt. Anyway to make a long story a little shorter,
it took 8 hours of acti ve
Hang in there. I will check in for news. Best to Vic. XXXOOO.

From: Mark Klajman
Subject: Re: Mazel Tov
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 11:34:24 -0500 (EST)
He is so are you enjoying being a
Will have to come by and see him sometime in the
Hope you both are well...

From: "Kjarsten"
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 11:20:44 -0500
What great photos.
It was great speaking with you and Vic the other day. Very happy for you
both and can't wait to met little Kobe!
Take care,

Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 14:45:37 EST
Hey GAD - Waitta go!!!                                                                                
Congrats from all of us - We're really happy for you.
No wonder it took so long to get the news out - It looks like the entire post
delivery web production team had to shake off holiday cob webs and get
cracking pretty quickly. Kudos to ya Gayle - there are a couple of brave
shots on that web page!!
No rush to get back to me - I know you are VERY BUSY right now and sleep
deprived. Time flies and it will get easier - I promise.
Attaching a pic called 2 bums I thought you would appreciate. There is also
one called 3 bums, but there is really no need to see mine (not nearly as
cute!) Take care and good luck -
With love,
Ritch and the gang. (Gurberg)

From: "Doug Keeley"
Subject: RE: A late announcement for an early arrival
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 17:32:51 -0500
Hey hon.. Glad things went so well. The baby is beautiful. I presume the birth was all natural without painkillers etc. (hee hee)
Hope to see you soon. Your shower gift is still in our basement!
Doug Pam and Matti

From: Sean Howard
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 17:15:23 -0800
Wow!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!
Love the kid picture of you too on the site!!!

From: "Mike Brownlee"
Subject: Re: A late announcement for an early arrival
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 12:26:49 -0500
Congratulations, Mom & Dad!
No apologies needed for the late announcement. I'm surprised you had the time/energy/cognitive functions to even set up the website let alone get a message out.
I hate to repeat it because it sounds so cliché, but it really is true... it's all worth it. A few weeks from now, when he looks up at you and smiles for the first time, your heart will melt!
Best wishes to the three of you!
Mike Brownlee

From: "Katie Duncan"
Subject: Re: A late announcement for an early arrival
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 12:17:37 -0500
He gets cuter and cuter!!!!!!!!! I love the photos, and I'm so excited for you guys!!!!
Let me know when I can get my next viewing with the little one!!!
Much love to you all,

From: "Jack"
Subject: Re: A late announcement for an early arrival
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 13:11:05 -0500
Congratulations Gayle! Glad to hear mom and baby are doing well. All the best.

From: Don Bell []
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2003 10:34 PM
To: John Duncan
Subject: Re: Gayle's Site

Nice looking boy....looks just like his grandfather (:))!

From: Gayle Duncan
Sent: Fri 17-Jan-03 5:05 PM
To: John Duncan
Subject: RE: It's official...
Mom said that Michael would really like you to bring your violin to the wedding so you can play together. What do you think? By the way, i got an email from Jamie, an email from Jennifer, a visit from Libby, Andrea and Katie (plus gifts), a visit from Arlene, Krista and Meghan (plus gifts), and a call and a letter and cheque from Grandma (all this after all the great shower stuff they all gave) and then a separate visit from Gaylen yesterday. Gaylen, Libby and Arlene all caught up with Mom, and it was really nice to see everyone.  Libby is apparently working on a baby blanket for Kobe. So if you haven't already, you may want to thank your siblings for being so great to your daughter and grandson...

Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 18:33:49 -0500
BEEEEE U TEE Full baby. Mazel Tov!!
Is that what you wacky Canuks are naming your kids these days? Basketball players:)?

From: Jan Skorzewski
Subject: It's official...
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 13:54:10 -0500
You're a mom!!!
It was wonderful talking to you. You sounded on top of the world. Congratulations. If you're bored one day and want to catch up on Maya's progress:
Big hugs

From: "Dave Ciekiewicz"
Subject: RE: A late announcement for an early arrival
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 17:29:48 -0500
great lookin' kid!!!!!!!!
David Ciekiewicz
Donington Holdings Inc.

From: "David Falconer"
Subject: Re: A late announcement for an early arrival
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 17:15:25 -0500
Wonderful news!
Just a quick word to say congratulations to both Mother and Father!
Saw the pics and what a sight... you better lock the doors and keep the young girls away.
Wishing you all the best, and remember...
"A new baby is like an old house,
It makes strange noises in the night,
And is always damp in the basement"
David Falconer
ICE Communications
191 Niagara Street, Toronto, ON Canada M5V 1C9
t.416.703.6747 | f.416.703.6799 |   

From: "Cathy Koth"
Subject: RE: A late announcement for an early arrival
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 17:04:28 -0500
Ohhhhhhh Gayle and Vic - he's so beautiful and perfect - and he's so tiny,
he fits right into that person's hand!
Welcome to parenthood! It's a wonderful place to be, isn't it!!
Best wishes and sleep to you both! - will you and he be coming to Adelitas on Saturday?
Hopefully we'll see the whole family!
with love,

To: Everyone, January 17, 2002
Kobe Jonathan Michael Buraconak
arrived January 7, 2003 at 5:54 am, 21 days early.
Mommy, Daddy and Baby all doing well (despite the fact it took us 10 days to get an email out!). Check out for more pics and details.

From: "Michael Stern"
Subject: Kobe's first limerick
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 15:59:08 -0500
Little Kobe was stuck in Gayle's pot
And said: "Hey, Mom, its really getting hot.
I heard Grampa say:
C'mon out and let's play
So here I come, ready or not!"
Michael D. Stern, Ph.D.
Office of Technology Transfer
McGill University
3550 University Street
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 2A7
phone: 514-398-2393; fax: 514-398-8479

From John and Helene Duncan, Regina, Saskatchewan
Gayle gave birth to a healthy 5 pound 15 ounce boy this morning around 5 pm Regina time.
Gayle and the baby are fine….no complications…..
Vic took Gayle to the hospital around midnight. She has started her labor earlier in the day yesterday, but the hospital told her to wait until her contractions were less than 5 minutes.
Marilyn flew into Toronto this morning to be with Gayle.
Vic was superb. In fact, not only did he cut the umbilical cord, but he actually delivered the baby, Of course the Doctor was right beside him.
I understand pictures are on their way to me, and I will have them up on the website as soon as possible.
Gayle will probably be home within the next 48 hours.
Her email address is
This is Grandma Duncan’s first great grandchild.

John and Helene (Zaida and Grammie)

From: "Shari Ann Herrmann"
To: "Gayle \(home\)"
Subject: Finally time for an email
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 15:05:48 -0000

Hey Sweetie!
Well, it seems sort of stupid to ask you "how's it going", "how're ya doing" or any of the other 
standard email opening gambits, because I read your update on Bridgman today and I know that
everything is going fine, and you are feeling great. So I'll just say that's great and tell you
we're all fine here too.

Kyle didn't get the chicken pox after all but has had a nasty flu, and on top of that in the last
few.........................(click here to read the "whole fantastic email from Shari Ann")

From: "Arlene Duncan"
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 1:28 PM
Subject: What a site

I looked! Congratulations on the healthy baby boy! You look terrific and I hope you are also
feeling good physically. I see you can't wait to get into those "baggy" clothes. I think it is
great that maternity clothes have evolved since I was in them hiding in a tent! Didn't get
much of a visit during the wedding activities though I glad you were able to be with
us for both. It was a hectic summer and now I am looking for some down time to relax and
get the debts under control!

I heard that Richard is also engaged so that's exciting news too. Lots of happenings in the
family. Just looked at the pictures you have on your site and have attached one of Krista
and Mike and Gaylen and Alison for the collection.

Keep well and we will have you over for dinner when everyone is back on the same soil (Meg
doesn't get back from Italy until Sept. 20).
Love, Arlene

 August 28, 2002
 From: "Shari Ann Herrmann"
 Subject: Photos again

Hey darlin'
Here's some pics for you again, in JPEG format. Coulda swore they were JPEG the first time, but if not - hey - it's not unprecedented for this old gal to have the occasional brain fart.

So glad to read that the amnio went well (I opted out of getting one - long story - not that interesting) and sorry to hear that the wee one decided to be shy about exposing the juicy bits to Mom and Dad. I read in one of those parent sites that a girls bits are identifiable because they look like three parallel white lines on an ultrasound, and a boys bits are identifiable because, well because the just are!! Although I also heard first-hand stories of Mommies that decorated a nursery and bought a layette on the basis of an ultrasound and got a shock on delivery day. I guess even the most skilled technicians can be wrong. I heard those stories from women in a chat group I was in where we were all due the same month (it was at and it was the Oct. 01 expecting club - they make a new club for each month). I also got a due date buddy in Detroit through that club - we both had Oct. 09 as a due date and she actually delivered on "our" due date, and I had to

Well, I can't write too long, although I still intend to answer your last mail. It was so great to get a long mail from you and hear how everything is going. You're almost halfway there!! I can totally identify with so many of your stories (unwelcome touching, unsolicited advice, and totally inappropriate amnio questions!!!! ) Oh, I need a bit longer to tell you some of my horrible but also sort of funny experiences on that score. Forty year old Mamas are just considered open season for stupid pricks with their minds back in the 1950s!!

It is probably going to be a long night because 5 kids at Kyle's daycare have been sent home with... (drumroll) ... CHICKENPOX (!!!) in the last two days, and when Marco picked him up today he had a mild fever and some suspicious red dots on his tummy. Oy vay. So looks like my little pumpkin is going to get to add his first "Childhood Disease" to his collector's card already. At least Chickenpox is one of the less nasty ones. And I stopped by the drugstore and picked up baby Tylenol and stop-the-itching-lotion so I'm all prepared for the onslaught. Argh.

So I'll write when things settle down a bit around here. Take good care of you (two)! lots of love, Shar

August 27, 2002
From: "Muriel Rosilio"
Subject: Re: It's a..........
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 16:13:25 -0400
Dear Gayle and Mystery (what a nice name for a baby), I am writing to Mystery to plead that s/he show his/her sex to mama and papa so that all their friends can go shopping for appropriate little gifts of the right color coordination. I look forward to you making yourself known better.
Muriel Rosilio
Senior Executive, Acquisitions, Sales
& Co-Productions

July 5, 2002
Hi Dad,  ...  in Whistler. need to take a nap. Richard and Lisa's place is great. Will catch up more later, am very, very tired. Can you add this picture of Jen to the website under Aunts and Uncles? Love you! xox G.

July 5, 2002
From: Jennifer Stern
To: "''"
Subject: **********Aunt Jennifer************
Hey there BABY!
Here is a photo of your aunt Jennifer. She can't wait to meet you!
Jennifer Stern

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