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STOP RUN Strictly POLKA DB2 pioneer dances his way across the country B Mike Westholder is managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition. In the late 1980s, Haderle and his wife, Gail, took up ballroom dancing, which he found to be “very serious stuff.” At one point, he suggested dancing at a less formal German club. “They know how to dance, though not strictly, and they have a good time. So Gail said, ‘This is it. Let’s go to this kind of place.’ ” Going to polka clubs throughout California exposed the couple to many of the ethnic variations of the dance— including Slovenian, Polish and Mexican Norteño. Each ethnic group has created a distinctively American style, integrating Jazz, Dixieland and Western music with traditional ethnic melodies. “It absolutely is a fascinating amalgamation that really gives it an American character,” Haderle adds. Around 2000, the Haderles took their polka passion on the road. While traveling the country, often on business, they stopped at clubs and dance halls along the way. “We learned to dance the various styles at the venues we visited: Clevelandstyle Slovenian, Polish hop dancing in New York and 48 // SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 Connecticut, Czech dancing in Texas, and so on,” he says. “You name it, we dance to it.” The couple’s favorite is the hop style, which is faster, like a quickstep in ballroom dancing. “The Slovenians and Retired IBM Fellow Don Haderle and his wife, Gail, Polish pioneered enjoy polka dancing and its many variations. these styles,” Haderle notes. “They have the for the Post Eagle Newspaper appearance of being free form, and a monthly blog, Polka meaning everyone seems to be Outwest (http://polkaoutwest. dancing their own version; there, which has about are no fixed steps. The dancers 500 readers. create their own moves within What’s the best aspect of polka? the basic 2/2 rhythm—truly “I love the people,” Haderle says. a mix of jazz and polka.” The “They’re there to have a good Haderles—along with promoter time. The music is great—it lifts Gene Swick—even book Polish the spirit—and the people are bands and others to perform at great. We’ve traveled across the clubs in California and Arizona. United States four or five times, Haderle’s interest eventually and no matter what club we go extended to writing. Several to, we are immediately welcomed years ago, he was asked to write with open arms.” about the West Coast polka scene for the now-defunct Polka News and Polka Times VIDEO publications. Today, he To see Don Haderle in action, continues covering the visit scene in a weekly column PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY PARKER efore he was the “Father of DB2*,” retired IBM Fellow Don Haderle was a child of polka. “I’ve been polka dancing since birth,” he quips. “My dad was German/Irish, and I belonged to German clubs since I was a wee little kid. That meant polka, waltz, fox trot, schottische, et cetera.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition - September/October 2013

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: zBC12 doesn't skip a beat
IBM Perspective: Strengthening the experience
Techbits: A microscopic short film
Partner PoV: End-to-end transaction management helps uncover and address CPU challenges
Q&A: 'Father of DB2' Don Haderle looks back-- and to the future
IT Today: Linux support for applications offers a compelling advantage
Case Study: Right Time, Right Place: ARBURG uses mainframe technology and SAP software to create an information-centric environment
Cover Story: Introducing zBC12 and IBM zEnterprise Innovations: New platform extends enterprise-class technologies to clients of all sizes, System z GM Pat Toole says
Feature: Stand Out From the Crowd: Latest zEnterprise extends innovation, performance and security to help businesses differentiate their customer service
Tech Corner: New zEDC Express adapter compresses data faster while using less CPU
Administrator: SMC-R protocol strengthens data sharing performance while reducing CPU costs
Solutions: ZEN TRACE & SOLVE; MegaCryption; Universal SSH Key Manager; TestBase
Stop Run: DB2 pioneer dances his way across the country
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition - September/October 2013