Poetry and Software
A deck off a garage.
A handmade fish table.
A long, a loe, a winding, drooping dahlia.
From the moment his parents named him Arron with an RR instead of AA, C. Arron Dack always surprised.
Born in England and raised in Canada, Mr. Dack, 39, studied molecular biology, but went into computers. He wrote loopy poems and complex business software. In July he became senior vice president of a Midtown start-up called Encompys, but there was a trade show at Windows on the World he couldn't miss.
His wife, Abigail, said that after they settled in Montclair, N.J., Mr. Dack wanted to prove he was not all brain and no brawn. He built what may be Montclair's only garage deck ‹ impractical, yes, but certainly popular with Carter, 2, and Olivia, 6. To celebrate a promotion, he promised Mrs. Dack a great fish dinner, then spent days building a unique table of cedar and granite for the fish.
And in a spare bedroom on the third floor, there is a headboard painted with words from one of Mr. Dack's poems. "It goes, `A long, a loe, a winding, drooping dahlia,' " recited Mrs. Dack.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 27, 2001.